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Court admits petition against oil magnate, Akindele in alleged N150M bribery trial


Justice Modupe Osho-Adebiyi, of a Excessive Court docket of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on Wednesday admitted three paperwork as reveals within the bribery trial of the Managing Director and Chief Government Officer (MD/CEO) of Duport Midstream Firm Restricted, Mr Akintoye Akindele.

The paperwork, which included a petition to the Inspector Basic of Police by Summit Oil Worldwide Ltd, Unique Assertion of Akindele to the Police and a Movement filed earlier than a Nasarawa State Excessive Court docket have been admitted and marked as reveals A2, A3 and A4, respectively.

The courtroom admitted the paperwork on the resumption of cross examination of the primary prosecution witness (PW1), Mr Ibrahim Ezekiel Sini, a Superintendent of Police (SP).

It is going to be recalled that the decide had on February 28, adjourned for the continuation of cross examination of the witness by the defendant’s lawyer, Mrs Funmi Quadri, SAN.

Akindele, an oil magnate is standing trial on a one rely cost of bribing a Police officer so as to compromise his investigation on alleged diversion of the sum of $5,636,397.01, belonging to Summit Oil Worldwide Ltd.

At Wednesday’s proceedings, the senior lawyer confronted the witness with the petition exhibiting that the indebtedness of her shopper, in keeping with the petitioner, is $5.6 million and N73 million.

Whereas the $5.6 million is claimed to be the debt owed, the N73 million is claimed to be reimbursement bills.

She claimed that whereas in custody, Sini and his group had a number of conferences with the defendant and in a single event the defendant was requested how he intends to liquidate his debt to Summit Oil.

“I can’t keep in mind”, Sini responded.

The witness additionally denied that the defendant used a pc belonging to the police to write down a letter enterprise to repay the debt.

“He mentioned so in an announcement”, the witness added.

Mrs Quadri then went forward to tender the unique assertion Akindele made to the IGP, whereby the defendant claimed that the cash he had transferred to an account supplied by Sini was to show his willingness to pay a part of the $5.6 million and N73 million owed the petitioner (Summit Oil Worldwide Ltd).

In accordance with him, the N50 million he transferred to Blissdon Nigeria Ltd, an account mentioned to have been supplied by Sini, was to show his willingness to pay the alleged debt of $5.6 million and N73 million.

In the meantime, Sini denied that the police had arrange a special panel to research the alleged N50 million bribe as a result of he was discovered complicit.

In accordance with the witness, since he was the one accusing Akindele of bribery, “we cannot be a decide in our personal case”.

On the finish of cross examination, Justice Osho-Adebiyi, adjourned to April 18, for the police to name their subsequent witnesses.

The one rely cost marked: CR/595/2023, reads:
“That you just Akintoye Akindele, male, 49 years, MD/CEO of Duport Midstream Firm Restricted of D2 Mambilla Shut Osborne Property, Ikoyi, Lagos between fifth and ninth August 2023 in Abuja inside the jurisdiction of this courtroom whereas being investigated by SP Ibrahim Ezekiel Sini and group on a petition submitted to the Inspector Basic of Police FIB by Summit Oil Worldwide Ltd on allegation of diversion of the sum of $5,636,397.01 Million USD and N73,543,763.25, you supplied gratification of N150,000,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Million Naira) and made half fee of N50,000,000.00 (Fifty Million Naira) to SP Ibrahim Sini, a public servant in circumstance and for the aim of permitting you to flee overseas and to write down a report in your favour and also you thereby dedicated an offence punishable below Part 118 of the Penal Code Legislation.”

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