N963.7m fuel subsidy fraud: Court adjourns trial of oil marketer till Feb.16

An Ikeja High Court on Tuesday adjourned the trial of an oil marketer, Rowaye Jubril, charged with N963.7 million fuel subsidy fraud, till Feb. 16, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Jubril was charged before Justice Lateefat Okunnu by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He is being prosecuted alongside his company, Brila Energy Ltd., over the alleged  N963.7 million fuel subsidy fraud.

The EFCC alleged that the defendant obtained the money from the Federal Government for the purported importation of 13,500 metric tonnes of petrol.

At the resumption of proceedings, the judge said that the EFCC counsel, Mr Seidu Atteh, had sent a letter to the court, in which he apologised for his absence.

Atteh had informed the court that he had travelled to Malta for an official training and pleaded for an adjournment.

The defence team, led by Mr Raphael Oluyede, did not oppose Atteh’s request for an adjournment.

Okunnu, therefore, adjourned the matter till Feb.16, for continuation of trial.

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