The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on October 26, 2016 arraigned the quartet of Tamuno Tonye Ogolo, Donald Ndifreke Dickson, Godspower Chukwudi Okoro and TamGold Energy Services before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, sitting in Maitama, Abuja, on a 5–count charge of criminal conspiracy, forgery and obtaining by false pretence.
It was alleged that Okoro, in connivance with other accused persons sometime in September 2015, contacted one Bloom Faith Petroleum Limited, and promised to supply the company with crude oil through a vessel, MT OCEAN LILY.
After series of negotiations, the complainant, Bloom Faith, allegedly paid the sum of $250,000 to TamGold Energy Services’ account – a company allegedly owned by Ogolo, the first accused person.
The accused persons afterwards reneged on their promise as they could neither deliver the vessel nor make a refund of the money collected. Hence, the complainant decided to petition the EFCC.
The offence is a breach of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”
The accused persons pleaded “not guilty” to all the charges when they were read to them.
Upon their pleas, counsel to EFCC, Ademu Eteh, urged the court to fix a date for the prosecution to present its witnesses.
However, Victor Ogbonna standing for first, second and fourth defendants, through an oral application urged the court to release his clients on bail. Similarly, Darlington Okoji, representing the third accused person told the court that he had a pending application asking for bail of his client.
Justice Nyako, while adjourning the case to December 7 and 9 for hearing asked Ogbonna and Okoji to properly file and serve their application.
The accused persons are to be remanded in prison custody pending hearing of their bail applications.