EFCC arrests oil subsidy fraud suspect in court


Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday arrested a fuel subsidy fraud suspect, Oluwaseun Ogunbambo, within the premises of an Igbosere High Court.
Ogunbambo was recently declared wanted by the EFCC after failing to appear in court for his trial.

The suspect was arrested when he was to appear before Justice Olabisi Akinlade in another case regarding a N1.2 billion bank loan fraud.
Last year, EFCC re-arraigned Ogunbambo and Habila Theck as well as their company, Fargo Petroleum and Gas Limited, on an amended charge of N976.6 million fuel subsidy fraud.
They were re-arraigned before Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo on a 10-count bordering on conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretence, forgery, altering and use of forged documents.

Ogunbambo and Theck had challenged EFCC for declaring them wanted, saying there was no basis for it.
Their lawyer, Mr. Ajibola Oluyede, said they had secured a reversal of the warrant Onigbanjo granted the EFCC to arrest them for not being available in court for their trial on June 25.
Ogunbambo had also gone to the Federal High Court in Lagos to obtain an order asking for maintenance of the status quo until Onigbanjo decided otherwise.

Yesterday, Ogunbambo reportedly presented warrants he obtained to maintain the status quo until the next trial date before Onigbanjo, but the EFCC operatives refused to honour them.
Counsel to the EFCC, Mr. Francis Usani, had earlier said it was not possible for the suspect to obtain another order in its absence.



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