Subsidy fraud: Court insists Brila Energy pays N963.7m to FG


An Ikeja High Court on Wednesday struck out an application by Rowaye Jubril, the jailed Managing Director of Brila Energy Ltd, seeking a stay of execution of the court’s judgment ordering his company to refund N963.7million to the Federal Government.

Justice Lateefa Okunnu, in her ruling, insisted that Brila Energy must pay the N963.7million judgment sum to the Federal Government.

“An order of stay of execution of a judgment must be based on a valid appeal,” she said, noting “there is no proof before the court to show that Brila Energy Ltd filed the notice of appeal”.

Okunnu, therefore, upheld the submission of the EFCC on the matter.

Okunnu had on March 16, convicted and sentenced Jubril to 10 years imprisonment over a N754million oil subsidy scam.

She had ordered Brila Energy to refund N963.7million to the Federal Government.

Earlier during proceedings, Counsel to Jubril, Lawal Pedro (SAN), had in an application dated May 16, sought to stay the execution of the portion of the judgment which ordered the refund of the money to the government.

Pedro had also sought an interlocutory injunction restraining the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from enforcing the judgment.

Counsel to EFCC, Seidu Atteh, however, in a counter-affidavit, urged the court to refuse application of the applicants.

Atteh argued that the applicants had not placed documents before the court to warrant the granting of their request for a stay of the March 16 judgment.  

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