- FG has re-arraigned seven suspects over Malabu oil deal scam
- Aliyu Abubakar, an oil magnate, was among the arraigned suspects
- The court has fixed Thursday, September 10, for the commencement of hearing
An oil magnate and businessman, Aliyu Abubakar and six others appeared before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday, September 8, over allegation of fraud.
Channels TV reports that the suspects were re-arraigned in court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before Justice I.E. Ekwo on 67 amended charges, bordering on money laundering to the tune of $875,740,000.
Legit.ng gathered that Abubakar was last July arraigned on a 48 count criminal charge bordering on money laundering, fraud and failure to disclose huge financial transactions in line with the nation’s financial laws.
The head, media and publicity of EFCC, Dele Oyewale, in a statement said the other six defendants are: Group Construction Company Limited; Rocky Top Resources Limited; Megatech Engineering Limited; Novel Properties and Development Company Limited, Imperial Union Limited and Carlin International Nigeria Limited.
The EFCC counsel, Bala Sanga, told the court that he was ready with the amended charges and for the eight defendants to take their pleas.
In a short ruling, trial judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, fixed September 10, for the commencement of trial.
He stated that the court had earlier fixed September 7, for trial but had to allow the defendant to take his plea in the amended charge.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the federal government of Nigeria’s $1 billion suit against oil giants Shell and Eni over the controversial Malabu deal cannot go ahead in England.
It was reported that this was the verdict of a London judge on Friday, May 22. Judge Christopher Butcher said the court does not have jurisdiction to hear the claim.
The judge said the English case has both the same essential facts and parties as parallel proceedings in Italy both brought by the Nigerian government over the Malabu deal.
In another report, a former attorney-general of the federation, Mohammed Adoke, faced fresh troubles as the federal government filed another charge against him.
The EFCC on Monday, February 10, arraigned Adoke on a seven-count charge at the Federal High Court in Abuja before Justice Binta Nyako.
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