The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday arraigned two Managing Directors- Epebinu Omoniyi of Pure Pack Oil Nigeria Ltd and Adekanbi Adedayo of First Hallmark Energy Ltd for forging Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation documents and defrauding a business partner of N3m.
They were both arraigned on eight counts bordering on conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretences and forgery which they pleaded not guilty to.
According to the prosecuting counsel, Mr M.S Owede, the duo committed the offences in 2014 in Lagos alongside Titus Adegoke and Demola Omisore who were both at large.
“On October 22, 2014 the defendants forged a document titled ‘Letter of Authority To Sell Bonny Light Crude Oil and To Represent the NNPC/Shell JV Operators Bonny Terminal’ which was purportedly issued in favour of Pure Pack Oil Nigeria Ltd, dated October 22, 2014 and issued by the NNPC.
“On October 28, 2014 the defendants forged a document titled ‘Re-confirmation of Allocation in Favour of Pure Pack Oil Nigeria Ltd’ which was dated on October 28, 2024 and also purportedly issued by the NNPC.
“On December 15, 2014 a document purported to be from the NNPC titled ‘Authority to Sell Cargo on Board MT Gloric’ alleged to be issued in favour of Pure Pack Oil Nigeria Ltd and Dafar Oil and Gas was forged by the defendants.
“On December 8, 2014 the defendants fraudulently obtained N3m from Ayo Falati under false pretences.
“They falsely informed him after showing him the forged documents that they had secured a contract from the NNPC to supply crude oil from Nigeria to the United States of America.
“The defendants told Falati that the N3m they received from him represents 1 percent contract performance bond payment.”
Owede, however, requested that the defendants be remanded in prison custody.
Counsel for Omoniyi, Mr N.D Momoh, requested more time to file a bail application while counsel for Adedayo, Mr J. Opara, urged the court to grant his client bail in the interest of justice.
The presiding judge, Justice Sedotan Ogunsanya, granted Adedayo N1m bail with two sureties in like sum and ordered the remand of Omoniyi in Kirikiri Prisons and further adjourned the case to December 13 for commencement of trial.
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