N247bn corruption probe: Diezani’s ally, Omokore returns N200m to govt

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Jide Omokore

Eniola Akinkuotu

The Chairman of Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept
Nigeria Limited, Mr. Jide Omokore, has returned
N200m to the Federal Government,
  the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission has also traced and frozen
eight bank accounts allegedly belonging to
Omokore.
Reliable sources in the commission said that the eight accounts were opened
at different branches of Skye Bank Plc.

Omokore, who is an ally of the immediate past
Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-
Madueke, among five others, are currently standing
trial before a Federal High Court for an alleged $
800m (N247bn at an exchange rate of N309/$1)
fraud.
A top source at the commission said, “During
investigations, we traced about eight accounts to
Omokore in Skye Bank. Most of the accounts are
company accounts. Some were domiciled in
Marina, Adeola Hopewell and some other branches
on the (Lagos) Island.
“We were able to identify about N200m. He raised
some bank drafts in the name of the Federal
Government and the money has been deposited
into the Federal Government account while
investigations continue.”
The commission had on Monday, July 4, 2016,
arraigned Omokore, and five other individuals and
firms, before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal
High Court, Abuja on nine counts bordering on
money laundering and procurement fraud.
Those arraigned with him were a former Managing
Director of Nigerian Petroleum Development
Company Limited, Victor Briggs; a former Group
Executive Director, Exploration and Production of
the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Abiye
Membere; a former Manager, Planning and
Commercial of the NNPC, David Mbanefo ; Atlantic
Energy Brass Development Limited and Atlantic
Energy Drilling Concepts Limited.
Omokore was alleged to have used the Strategic
Alliance Agreement signed between the NPDC and
Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept Limited to swindle
the NPDC and the Nigerian government of billions
of naira through the lifting of crude oil from some
oil wells between March 2013 and May 2014.
The other accused persons, who were senior
management employees of the NNPC, were
accused of conspiracy in inducing the NPDC to
facilitate the lifting of crude by Omokore, Atlantic
Energy Brass Development Limited and Atlantic
Energy Drilling Concept Limited.
They were equally charged with receiving car gifts
from Omokore, Atlantic Energy Brass Development
Limited and Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept
Limited.
The charge read in part, “That you, Olajide
Omokore, Atlantic Energy Brass Development Ltd,
Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept Ltd and Kolawole
Akanni Aluko (now at large) between May 2013 and
March 2014 within the jurisdiction of this
honourable court obtained by false pretences and
with intent to defraud, 7,551,867 barrels of crude
oil (Brass blend) valued at the sum of $
823,75,189.95 from NPDC, NNPC and the Federal
Government of Nigeria on the false pretences that
you had funds (both local and foreign) necessary to
support the NPDC in petroleum operation for the
OML 60,61, 62 and 63 and you thereby committed
an offence contrary to Section 1(a) of the Advance
Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act
Cap. A6, 2010, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria
and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same
Act.”
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges
when they were read to them.

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