Subsidy fraud: Absence of accused stalls trial of oil marketers

Morah, who was charged alongside Adamu Maula and George Ogbonna, is standing trial before Justice Lateefat Okunnu of an Ikeja High Court.
They are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alongside their firm; Downstream Energy Sources Ltd. and Rocky Energy Ltd.
The EFCC alleged that the marketers did not import the 10,862 metric tonnes of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) for which they received payment from the Federal Government.
Morah’s counsel, Mr Eubena Ahmedu, in an application dated Oct.25, informed the court that his client was involved in an accident and had travelled abroad for surgery.
Ahmedu also tendered a medical report and photographs of Morah at a hospital in the United States of America, where he is recuperating.
He said Morah would not return to Nigeria until end of November and, therefore, asked the court to vacate the dates earlier fixed for the case.
The EFCC counsel, Mr Tayo Olukotun, did not oppose the application, so the judge granted Ahmedu’s application and adjourned the matter to Feb. 14, 2014. (NAN)

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