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Tukur, others ask court to quash fuel subsidy fraud charges


Three oil marketers and their firms on Monday asked two separate Ikeja High Courts to quash the fuel subsidy fraud charges preferred against them.

Two of the oil marketers, Mahmud Tukur and Alex Ochonogor, alongside their company, Eterna Plc, filed their application before Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo.

Another oil marketer, Emmanuel Morah, and his company Rocky Energy Ltd., also filed a similar application before Justice Lateefat Okunnu.

The application by Tukur and Ochonogor, dated May 3, 2013, was filed by their counsel, Wole Olanipekun (SAN).

Mahmud is the son of Bamanga Tukur, chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The accused persons were charged to court alongside Abdullahi Alao, son of prominent Ibadan businessman, Abdullazeez Arisekola-Alao.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alleged that they had fraudulently obtained N1.8 billion subsidy payment from the Federal Government.

During Monday’s proceedings, Olanipekun informed the court that the application had been served on the EFCC counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN).