AGF charges Ceecon Energy Oil & Gas boss for N2.066bn fraud

The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) has charged an oil marketer, Chima Anyaso alongside his company, Ceecon Energy Oil and Gas Limited, before a Federal High Court, Lagos, on a three count-charge bordering on forgery and N2,066,400 billion fraud.

AGF in charge marked FHC/L/332c/18, alleged that the oil marketer of 16, Babatunde Dabiri Street, Lekki Phase with company’s Cooperate office located at third floor of Worth Plaza, of Olaza 307, Suit 301, Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, was alleged to have committed the offence on or about February 21, 2011.

The oil marketer was alleged to have forged a letter head paper of Total Nigeria Limited, captioned ‘offer to sale dated February 21, 2011, with reference number AAC/CSO/OPS/, which he falsely presented to Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), to obtain credit facility in the sum of N2,066, 400, 000 billion, for delivery of 15 metric tonnes of Aviation Turbine kerosene (ATK).

He was also alleged to have on February 22, 2011, forged another letter head paper of Total Nigeria Limited with reference number FEB/yjo.FIN22.11, dated February 22, 2011, which he presented to GTB for the payment of N2,066,400 billion, for  supply of 15 metric tonnes of ATK.

The AGF also alleged that the oil marketer fraudulently obtained the said sum from GTB as credit facility.

The offences according to the prosecutor, Mr. Julius I. Ajakaiye, a deputy director in the AGF’s office are contrary to and punishable sections 2(1)(c) and section 1(1)(a) of Advance Fee Fraud and other related offences, Cap. A6 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The prosecutor had told the court. That the criminal charge against the oil marketer and his company, arose from a petition by Guaranty Trust Bank, dated January 19, 2017 and signed by one Sarah Ugamah and Tolulope Fadipe on behalf of the Bank. 

However, at the resumed hearing of the matter on Tuesday, the prosecutor informed the court that the defendants have been evading services, he therefore urged the court for an order of substituted service, through an Expate motion, by way of pasting the charge in defendants’ the last known address, which are number 16, Babatunde Dabiri Street, Lekki Phase 1 and Olaza 307/Suit 301, third wing, Worth Plaza, Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

While adjourning the matter till January 30, for report of service, the Judge ordered that the charge sheet be pasted at the last known addresses of the oil marketer and his company.

Count one of the charge against the defendants read: “that you Mr. Chima Anayso, Male of 16 Babatunde Dabiri Street Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, Ceecon Energy Oil & Gas Limited, of Olaza 307/ Suite 301, 3rd Floor Right Wing Wright Plaza, Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island, Lagos on or about the 218! of February, 2011 at Lagos state, under the Jurisdiction of this court did utter a false document to wit: Letter Of Offer For Sale dated  21st February, 2011 with Ref No. AAC/CSO/OPS ON THE letter Head of Total Nigeria Plc, with intent that Guaranty Trust Bank may belief it is genuine, be induced to believe that you have the offer of sale for delivery of Aviation Turbine kerosene (ATK) 15,000Metric Tonnes (+/-5%) product and You thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(2)( 0) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17 laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and punishable under the same section of the Act.

Count two reads: “that you Chima Anyaso, Male of 16 Babatunde Dabiri Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, Ceecon Energy Oil and Gas Limited of Olaza 307/Suite 301, 3rd Floor Right Wing Worth Plaza, Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island, Lagos on or about the 22nd of February, 2011, at Lagos State, under the Jurisdiction of this court did utter a false document to wit: RE; PAYMENT OF SUPPLY OF 15,000 MT 0F AVIATION TURBINE KEROSINE(ATK) REF AAC/CSO/OPS Ref No: Feb/yjoFlN.’22.11 dated February 22, 2011 on the Letter Head of Total Nigeria Plc, with intent mm Guaranty Trust Bank may belief it is genuine, be induced to ‘. granting credit facility to the tune of N2,066,400,000.00 and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(2)(c)of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, “Cap M17 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under the same Section of the Act.

And count three reads: “That you Mr. Chima Anyaso, male of 16 Babatunde Dabiri, Street Lekki Phase 1 Lagos, Ceecon Energy Oil and Gas Limited of Plaza 307/Suite 301, 3rd Floor, Right Wing Worth Plaza, Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, sometimes in 2011 at Lagos State under the Jurisdiction of this court dig! by false pretence and with intent to defraud & obtained from Guaranty Trust Bank a credit facility to the tune of N2,066, 400,000.00 and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1[1][a] Advance Fee Fraud and other Related Offences Act, Cap A6 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under the same section of the Act”.

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