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N170 Million Zinox Contract Scandal: Again, Attorney General Moves to Take Over Case

The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has again started moves that could prompt the arraignment of best authorities of Zinox Group for a charged N170 million contract extortion.

 

The Company Secretary of Zinox Group and Technology Distributions Limited, TD, Chris Ozims, and a chief of TD, Folashade Oyebode, were blamed for illicitly capturing, executing and imparting to their partners the returns of the agreement granted by the income office, FIRS, to another firm.

An Ibadan-based PC retail firm, Citadel Oracle Concept Limited, had blamed the authorities for scheming with others for the affirmed illicit act.

In spite of the fact that examination concerning the issue was finished by the Special Fraud Unit, SFU, of the Nigeria Police in 2014 which said it built up a by all appearances body of evidence against the suspects, arraignment slowed down after the police declined to discharge the case document to the Director for Public Prosecution, DPP.

The lawyer general has now formally moved to assume control over the case. The AGF likewise solicited the Inspector General from Police, Abubakar Idris, to guide the police to restore the first case record to the DPP in his office.

Mr. Malami’s choice was passed on by a senior guidance in his office, S. R. Mahmud, who reported appearance for the indictment at the continued knowing about the case before Justice Peter Kekemeke of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Apo.

“We are here to formally educate the court that the Attorney General of the Federation has assumed control over this issue from this time forward,” Mr. Mahmud told the court on January 30.

In any case, the declaration seemed to have shocked the court, especially Simon Lough, the police arraignment for the situation, who for more than two years opposed all moves to motivate him to hand over the first case document.

Thus, in view of Mr. Lough’s resistance and demand for time to empower him affirm the order from the AGF’s office, the case was deferred till March 13, 2018 for say and continuation of hearing.

AGF’S TAKEOVER NOT FIRST TIME

This is the second time that the AGF would declare his choice to assume control indictment of the case from the police.

On May 8, 2015, Citadel Oracle had requested of then IGP, Solomon Arase, to feature its dissatisfactions to get the police to get the suspects indicted.

Be that as it may, on May 15, 2015 Mr. Arase reacted with a guidance that the case be permitted to run its full course to keep a premature delivery of equity.

Not fulfilled, Citadel took its case to the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, who coordinated the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to research.

Mr. Arase had later requested that the organization’s overseeing executive, Benjamin Joseph, be charged for selling false data.

On June 2, Mr. Joseph was formally charged by the police before Justice Kekemeke.

The police indictment guide, Mr. Lough, recorded a one-check charge of “false appealing to delude the IGP” against him. All the blamed people were named as witnesses.

Affirming exploitation, Mr. Joseph requested of the AGF. He faulted his travails for ‘insider controls’ arranged by a service top authority.

Following his request, the AGF coordinated the DPP to assume control over the case to stay away from unsuccessful labor of equity.

Subsequently, on December 7, 2016 a senior advice from the Ministry of Justice, Aniekan Ekong, declared the formal assume control of the case in court.

Mr. Ekong additionally asked the police to hands no longer working on this issue and exchange the case document to the DPP for the arraignment of the denounced.

Be that as it may, at the continued hearing on February 28, Mr. Lough concocted a letter marked by the DPP, Mohammed Umar, upturning the AGF’s prior mandate. The letter restored the police to proceed with Mr. Joseph’s trial to its intelligent decision.

Mr. Joseph disclosed to PREMIUM TIMES that discoveries from the Ministry of Justice uncovered that Mr. Umar’s letter upturning the AGF’s prior mandate depended on an appeal to dated December 13, 2016 by a private law office, Integrity Law Firm.

A duplicate of the letter seen by PREMIUM Times was marked by Innocent Eriomionkhale, who affirmed that the AGF had been misguided over his choice to assume control over the arraignment.

Mr. Eriomionkhale disclosed to AGF that pulling back indictment for the situation from the police would wreck a pending trial against Mr. Joseph.

As per Mr. Joseph, encourage discoveries additionally uncovered that Mr. Eriomionkhale was the more youthful sibling to Stella Anukam, the executive of International and Comparative Law in the service, who serves as the lead accomplice in Integrity Law Firm, the private law office that composed the dissent against the AGF’s assume control of the case.

On April 11, 2017, direction to Citadel Oracle, Udah, Bala, James and Partners, in another appeal to the AGF asserted that Mrs. Anukam was the service insider attempting to “truncate” the case

The firm requested that the AGF research Mrs. Anukam, especially her ties with Integrity Law Firm.

The ICT firm additionally said Mrs. Anukam’s part in the private law office disregarded open administration rules banning government authorities from private practice.

Before the end of last year, an update letter was sent to the AGF that his guideline to the police to hand over the case record was yet to be obeyed by Mr. Lough.

On January 11, 2018, yet another update was sent, this opportunity to caution the AGF of charged new moves to slow down the case.

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