Walter Wagbatsama (left) and Adaoha Ugo-Ngadi of Ontario Oil and Gas Nigeria Limited outside the court. Pic: EFCC Media Unit
The defendants had, through their counsel, made a no-case submission before the court.
The application for a no-case submission was consequently thrown out on the grounds that enough has been said and put before the court by the prosecution, to warrant at least an explanation and answers by the defendants.
Also dismissed by Okunnu were applications filed on behalf of Fakuade Babafemi Ebenezer, a staff of the Petroleum Product Pricing and Regulatory Agency, PPPRA, and Ezekiel Olaleye Ejidele of Akintola Williams Delloite, standing trial alongside Wagbatsama, Ugo-Ngadi and Ontario Oil Limited, for their alleged involvement in the scam.
While Fakuade’s application was dismissed for what the court called negligence on his part in the discharge of his legitimate duty, Ejidele was discharged on the grounds that his role does not include determining if the documents presented to his office were forged, altered or genuine.
Walter Wagbatsama; Adaoha Ugo -Ngadi; Fakuade Babafemi Ebenezer and Ontario Oil & Gas Nigeria Limited are alleged to have fraudulently obtaining the sum of N1, 959, 377, 542, .63 (One Billion, Nine Hundred and Fifty Nine Million, Three Hundred and Seventy Seven Thousand, Five Hundred and Forty Two Naira, Sixty Three Kobo) from the Petroleum Support Fund for a purported importation of 39.2million litres of Premium Motor Spirit.
Justice Okunnu then adjourned the case to November 26th, and 28th, 2014 as well as January 12, 13, 14, 20 and 21, 2015, for continuation of trial.
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