3 Presidential Committee Members Arrested Over N1.5m Bribe

Oct 3, 2012 – Presidential Committee Members Arrested Over N1.5m Bribe

3 members of the Presidential Committee on Fuel Subsidy Verification, Alalade Abioye, Buhari Ganiyu and Oni Oluwasola were Wednesday arraigned before a Tinubu Magistrate’s court in Lagos for allegedly receiving N1.5 million bribe from an oil company. www.naijagists.com

The prosecution alleged that the suspects received gratification from Integrated Oil and Gas Company, its managing director, Anthony Ihemacho, assistant general manager, Humprey Okoh and the firm’s financial controller, Akinwusi Julius.

Also arraigned alongside the accused persons are: Integrated Oil and Gas Limited, Humprey Okoh, 44, Akinwusi Julius, 60, and Anthony Ihenacho, 57.

In a three-count criminal charge number J/93/12 filed before the court by a police prosecuting counsel, Effiong Asuquo from the Special Fraud Unit, Milverton Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, it was alleged that Integrated Oil and Gas Limited, Anthony Ihenacho, Humprey Okoh and Akinwusi Julius, Alalade Abioye, Buhari Ganiyu and Oni Oluwasola on 30 August, 2012 at the oil company at 190, Marine Road, Apapa, Lagos allegedly conspired with other persons now at large to commit felony by offering gratification to a public official and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 409 of the criminal law of Lagos State, 2011.

Asuquo further alleged that Integrated Oil and Gas Company and its officials at the same time and place intentionally offered the sum of N1.5 million to members of the Presidential Committee on Subsidy Verification namely: Alalade Abioye, Buhari Ganiyu, Oni Oluwasola and Chukwujekwu Nneka Akabueze in order that the said persons may act or refrain from acting in the exercise of their duty as members of the said committee.

All the accused persons pleaded not guilty. Consequently, they were admitted to bail in the sum of N500,000 each with two sureties in like sum.

The presiding magistrate, Owumi Martins adjourned the matter till 10 November, 2012 for trial.(pmreports)