The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) has on Monday, October 16, 2017, arraigned two Managing Directors – Epebinu Omoniyi of Pure Pack Oil Nigeria Ltd located at Ikorodu Road, Lagos Mainland and Adekanbi Adedayo of First Hallmark Energy Ltd located at Tincan Island, Apapa, Lagos Mainland – for forging documents to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
The two were charged with an eight count charge, bordering on conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretense and forgery but they denied the charges.
The prosecution led by Mr M.S Owede at the Ikeja High Court stated that the defendants committed the offenses in 2014 in Lagos alongside Titus Adegoke and Demola Omisore who are both at large, documented and defrauded their business partner of N3m.
“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 favor 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, 2014 and also purportedly issued by the NNPC.
“On December 8, 2014 the defendants fraudulently obtained N3m from Ayo Falati under false pretenses.
“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.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Owede requested that the defendants be remanded in prison custody.
The presiding Judge, Justice Sedoten Ogunsanya of an Ikeja High Court, ordered that Omoniyi be remanded in Kirikiri prison while his co-defendant, Adedayo, was lucky as he was granted bail in the sum of N1million with two sureties in like sum for the same offense, while the case was adjourned to December 13 for commencement of trial.