The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday re- arraigned two oil marketers for allegedly defrauding Fidelity bank PLC over the sum of N7.3 billion.
However, charged alongside the duo are: Kehinde Ogbor, Danium Energy Services Limited, Sibet Oil Services Limited, Loveth Miyemi Ogbor, and Rhombi Energy limited, who are all at large.
The defendants identified as Ejere Chris and Edoma Omagha were docked before Justice Sherifat Solebo of an Ikeja High Court, Lagos on a 10 count charge of conspiracy and fraud.
Part of the charge reads: “That you, Ejere Kelvin Chris, Edoma Omagha, Kehinde Eliot Ogbor (at large), Danium Energy Services Limited (at large), Sibet Oil Services Limited (at large), Loveth Miyemi Ogbor (at large) and Rhombi Energy Limited (at large) sometime between the months of January 2017 and February 2017 at Lagos, conspired amongst yourselves to dishonestly convert and steal the cumulative sum of N7.3 billion.”
It was learnt that Danium Energy Services Limited allegedly approached the petitioner, Fidelity Bank Plc, between January 17 and February 9, last year to finance three different purchase orders for the sale of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) to Total Nigeria Plc, with a cumulative face value of N12.1 billion (N12,134,700.000).
Thereafter, the bank allegedly financed two of the purchase orders to the tune of N7.3 billion, after due confirmation from Total Nigeria Plc.
The products were allegedly supplied by Sibet Oil Services Limited and Rhombi Energy Limited and discharged at the Ibeto Tank farm, Apapa.
The bank was said to have engaged an independent surveyor, International Logistics and Fulfilment Services Limited, which confirmed the existence of the products at Ibeto Tank Farm as well as the Department of Petroleum Resources.
However, when the bank approached Total Nigeria Plc for repayment, it was discovered that the purchase orders were forged by the accused persons.
The accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty to all count charges.
The prosecuting counsel, Mr. Idris Mohammed, in view of the defendants not guilty plea, asked the court for a date to commence trial.