EFCC Declares Accused Oil Marketers Wanted

EFCC Declares Accused Oil Marketers Wanted

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has declared two oil marketers, who are standing trial before a Lagos High Court, Ikeja, for alleged oil subsidy fraud, Messrs Seun Ogunbambo and Habila Theck, wanted.

EFCC Declares Accused Oil Marketers Wanted

Media and Publicity Head, Wilson Uwujaren, declared them wanted after they were said to have evaded trial.

Ogunbambo and Theck are the Managing Director and the General Manager of Fargo Petroleum and Gas Limited, respectively. The duo, along with the company, are facing charges of N976.6m fuel subsidy fraud.

Apart from that, Ogunbambo is facing separate charges of about N4.46bn fuel subsidy fraud along with Mamman, son of former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ahmadu Ali, and Christian Taylor, before Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo

He and his firm, Adeline Investment, is also facing separate N430m bank fraud charges before another judge, Justice Olabisi Akinlade, of the Lagos High Court in Ikeja.

Uwujaren, in his statement on Tuesday, described Ogunbambo as fair in complexion who “speaks English and Yoruba, while Theck is fluent in English and Hausa languages”.

“Ogunbambo’s last known address is 2 Olamiyuyan Crescent, Ikoyi, Lagos while Theck’s is 89 Buck Field, Yaba, Lagos”, the Commission added.

Both Justices Onigbanjo and Onigbanjo had separately denied bail to Ogunbambo, but the Court of Appeal, Lagos reversed their decisions earlier in the year.

Onigbanjo was on June 25, 2013 forced to issue a bench warrant for the arrest of the accused but the EFCC had not been able execute the court’s order.

EFCC, had while urging the judges to refuse Ogunbambo’s application in 2012, said it was discovered that the accused was still able to travel out of Nigeria after both Nigerian and British passports were seized from him in 2010.

On February 14, 2013, Onigbanjo had granted an ex-parte application filed by the EFCC, ordering that the accused person’s assets be frozen pending the completion of his trial.

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