The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 arraigned one Abubakar Shuaib Dogara, Managing Director, Dogab Oil Limited, before Justice Keziah Nwamaka Ogbonnaya of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on a 2 – count charge of forgery, fraud, diversion of funds and obtaining money by false pretence.
The accused person is being prosecuted by the EFCC for reneging on a bogus contract to supply a cargo of crude oil to the complainant, James Rodney Anella.
Anella, a Managing Member, Kailan LLC, Florida, USA, had allegedly paid the sum of $40,000 USD to the suspect for re-assignment of the cargo from Dogara’s name to his.
The accused also agreed to reflect the proposed name on the Alloyds Register to enable him (the complainant) verify the cargo so as to issue an LC in payment.
However, contrary to the agreement, the accused allegedly gave the complainant some NNPC’s re-assignment documents that did not bear his name on the Alloyds Register.
The accused was also said to have requested for another sum of $220,000, but the complainant kicked when he suspected a foul play.
Efforts by the complainant to get his money back proved unsuccessful.
One of the counts reads:
“That you Abubakar Shuaib Dogara being the Managing Director/CEO of Dogab Oil Limited on or about 11th May, 2011 in Abuja in the Abuja Judicial Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, did with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of $20,000 USD from one James Rodney Anella, Managing Member, Kailan LLC, Florida, USA for and on behalf of Kailan LLC by false pretence of supplying him with Crude Oil Cargo on M T Alterego 11 which you knew was false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(a) and punishable under Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.”
The accused pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.
In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, Francis Jirbo, prayed the court for a date to enable him present three witnesses and that the accused be remanded in prison custody.
However, counsel to the accused, Nanpon Wuyep, made an oral application for bail on behalf of his client.
Justice Ogbonnaya ordered that the accused be remanded in Kuje Prison.
The matter has been adjourned to March 27, 2015 for hearing.
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