An Abuja High Court on Tuesday adjourned hearing till June 6, 2013 in a case involving former Peoples Democratic Chairman, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor. The former Chairman has been dragged before the court over an alleged N 107 million fraud by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
When the hearing resumed, the first accused, Prince Ogbulafor was cross examined by his counsel and he admitted that he knows the second accused person, Emeka Ibila. The former PDP Chairman told the court that Ibila hails from the same state with him. He also pointed out that Ebilah wrote a letter to him in 1999, asking to be appointed into one of his boards, while he served as Minister.
Prince Ogbulafor is facing trial for allegedly colluding with Emeka Ibila to float three fictitious companies, Chekwas International Nigeria Ltd, Henrichko Nigeria Ltd and D.H.L Consultants while Ogbulafor served as Minister for Special Duties in 2001. The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) told the court that the companies were used to siphon N 82.6 million, N 11.5 million and N 6.2 million respectively. Mr Ebila was alleged to have forged documents certifying that the three companies executed contracts worth N 107 million. The offence is a contrary to and punishable under Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.