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Court Sentences Fuel Subsidy Thief Rowaye To Fresh 10 Years [Update]

A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Abuja, presided over by Justice Adebukola Banjoko has, on Friday, April 7, 2017 sentenced, Mr. Jubril Rowaye, to fresh 10 years imprisonment.

Mr. Rowaye, an oil marketer, was earlier convicted for fraud involving about N1.05 billion perpetrated under the Petroleum Subsidy Fund scheme.

Justice Banjoko delivered judgment against two directors of oil marketing companies, Saminu Rabiu and Jubril Rowaye in a suit instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC].

Rabiu and Rowaye , directors of Alminnur Resources Limited and Brilla Energy Limited respectively, were arraigned on October 17, 2012 on a 17-count charge of conspiracy and fraud.

The duo were accused of fraudulently using their companies to obtain N1.05 billion from the Petroleum Support Fund as payment for importation of 10,000 tonnes of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS.

They, at various times, forged different bills of lading for PMS that was not supplied in a bid to claim the subsidy on fuel.

The case went to trial after the two oil marketers pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The original first defendant, ‎Alhaji Saminu Rabiu, who is the Director of  Alminnur Resources Limited, however, died after the prosecution closed its case with 12 witnesses.

The charges were later amended to delete his name as a defendant.

The rest of the three defendants were subsequently re-arraigned on February 12, 2016.

Meanwhile, a High Court of Lagos State, in Ikeja had on March 16, 2017, convicted Jubril, and his company, Brila Energy Limited, of a fuel subsidy scam of N963.7m.

Justice Lateefa Okunnu of the Lagos State court had in her judgment sentenced Jubril to a jail term of 10 years for the fraud.

On Friday, Justice Banjoko of the FCT High Court, sentenced Rowaye of 14 out of 17 counts preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Rowaye was flown by prison authorities from Kirikiri Prison in Lagos to Kuje Prison in Abuja,

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