N979.6m subsidy fraud: EFCC accuses oil marketer of stalling trial



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday accused an oil marketer, Oluwaseun Ogunbambo, of stalling the commencement of his trial.
EFCC made the allegation through its counsel, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, after Ogunbambo failed to appear before Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo of an Ikeja High Court.
The News Agency of Nigerian (NAN) reports that Ogunbambo and another oil marketer, Habila Theck, are being prosecuted for an alleged N979.6 million fuel subsidy scam.
They were arraigned alongside their firm — Fargo Energy Ltd — on July 31, 2012.
During Wednesday’s proceedings, Ogunbambo’s counsel, Mr Mobolaji Akintunde, told the court that his client had sustained a spinal cord injury after falling from a bathtub.
He said Ogunbambo was presently receiving treatment at the Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.
He presented a medical report signed by one Retired Brig.-Gen. J.A. Aremu to back his claim and asked the court for an adjournment.
Responding, Oyedepo urged the court to reject the document, arguing that it was a ploy by Ogunbambo to further stall the trial.

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