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N1.4bn subsidy scam: You must face trial, court tells accused persons


The coast is now clear for the arraignment of Helyn Aninye, Chizobam Ben-Okafor and Pon-Specialised Services Limited as Justice Olusumbo Goodluck of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja on Tuesday struck out their application asking the court to decline granting the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission leave to arraign them for fraud, forgery and conspiracy to obtain the sum of N1.413,507,951.50 from the Federal Government by false pretence as subsidy under the Petroleum Support Fund.

Justice Goodluck, in her ruling, affirmed that “at this stage there is no requirement to consider facts before the court; what is needed is to determine if a prima facie case against the accused persons is established.”