Fears being exercised in some quarters that the trial of firms and individuals allegedly indicted in the fuel subsidy probe are gradually being confirmed as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday withdrew the charges against four of the suspects already dragged before a Lagos High Court.
The EFCC on Tuesday withdrew all criminal charges against some of the suspects facing trial for the fuel subsidy scam. Those whose cases were withdrawn had allegedly benefitted from about N 2 billion Naira as subsidy on petroleum products. The EFCC told the court that the charges against Peter Mba, Pinnacle Oil and Gas, Durosola Omogbenigun, and Integrated Resources Limited at the Lagos State High Court, Igbosere were misconstrued and filed by mistake. The anti-graft agency further disclosed that after a proper review, it was discovered that they were innocent of the charges laid against them. The case was therefore struck out by Justice Samuel Candide-Johnson, sequel to an application from the EFCC.
The EFCC’s counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo later made it known that the case was withdrawn based on instructions from the Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke.