P&ID fraud: Court convicts, winds up Marqott Nigeria Limited





Justice D.U Okorowo of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has convicted and wound up Marqott Nigeria Limited, one of the 30 companies associated with the Process and Industrial Development Limited, P&ID, for money laundering.

A press statement by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Head, Media & Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said: “The company was convicted on Thursday, after being found guilty of four count charges bordering on money laundering preferred against it by the EFCC.”

He said count one of the charge read: “That you, Marqott Nigeria Limited, being a designated Non-financial Institution; and Giovanni Beccarelli, Valentina Fantoli, and Dimitri Duca, being directors of and signatories to the bank account of Marqott Nigeria Limited, sometime in September 2014, in Abuja, within the Abuja Judicial Division of the Federal High Court, failed to comply with the requirements of submitting to the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, a declaration of activities of Marqott Nigeria Limited contrary to Section 16(1) (f) read together with Section 5(1)(a)(ii) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011(as amended and you thereby committed an offence punishable under section 16(2)(b) of the same Act.

“Count two read: That you, Marqott Nigeria Limited, being a designated Non-financial Institution; and Giovanni Beccarelli, Valentina Fantoli, and Dimitri Duca, being directors of and signatories to the bank account of Marqott Nigeria Limited, sometime in September 2014, in Abuja, within the Abuja Judicial Division of the Federal High Court, failed to develop programs to combat money laundering and other illegal acts, to wit: failure to designate at management level a compliance officer within any strata of Marqott Nigeria Limited, contrary to Section 16(1)(f) read together with Section 9(1)(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 16 (2)(b) of the same Act.”

Uwujaren disclosed that at the point of first arraignment on February 7, 2022, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges, setting a stage for full trial.

He said in the course of the trial, the EFCC presented many witnesses and tendered many documents as exhibits.

According to the spokesperson, “In his judgment, Justice Okorowo found Marqott Nigeria Limited guilty of all four-count-charge and convicted it accordingly.

“He also ordered that the company be wound up and its entire assets forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

Uwuwjaren said Marqott was arraigned for being an accomplice in the $9.6bn Gas Supply and Processing Agreement between the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and P&ID.

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