Two sentenced to 20 years for $1m oil fraud in FCT

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Mordi Chukwunonso Esther

Mahmud A. Mohammed and Ikechukwu Nkwocha-Philip were convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison each without option of fine for $1m oil fraud by Justice Olasumbo Goodluck of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Abuja on Friday, September 2020.The three convicts were arraigned alongside Globtec Resources limited (third defendant) by the Economic and Financial crimes commission (EFCC), on a four count change, bordering on conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of $1,000,000.00 (one million US Dollars).Count three of the charge reads: ‘’That you Mahmud A. Mohammed being the Chief Executive of Al-Maqarinaz International Limited, Ikechukwu Nkwocha Philip , Joseph Idoko being the Chief Executive Officer of Globtec Resources limited (now deceased) and others at large sometime in October 2013 in Abuja within the Judicial division of the high court of the Federal capital territory did with intent to defraud, conspired among yourselves to obtain the sum of one million united state dollars($1,000,000) from Ismailia Abdulgaffar, the chief executive officer of Emex oil Ndawta Limited under the false pretence of supplying him with Nigerian Bonny Light crude oil via MT AL Albar a claim you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud related Offences act 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same act’’.The prosecution relied on testimonies and evidence of five witnesses to prove its case since they all pleaded not guilty.Justice Good luck, in her about three hours judgement, noted that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt against the first, second and fourth defendant. She further said that there was overwhelming evidence that a vessel, MT AL Albar was never loaded with Nigerian Bonny light crude oil as the convicts claimed they would do for which they fraudulently collected $1,000,000.00 from their victim, Ismaila Abdulgaffar, CEO, Emex oil Ndawta limited.The convicts were found guilty on count three and four, attracting 10 years imprisonment which is to run concurrently and dismissed counts one and two. The third defendant, Globtec resources limited, was not convicted. The convicts are to also refund the $1,000,000 proceed of crime to Emex oil Ndawta limited while the third defendant is to refund the sum of $20,000.00 (twenty thousand US dollars) that was initially paid by Emex oil Ndawta limited to procure a fiduciary account for it. The case began in 2016, when the victim, Ismaila Abdulgaffar, CEO of Emex oil Ndawta limited petitioned the EFCC, alleging that he paid them a sum of $1,000,000 for the purchase of Nigerian bonny light crude oil, loaded on a vessel: MT AL Albar in October 2013 but could neither get the product nor his money back.

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