The three men are alleged to have defrauded the government, and disappeared when investigations started. | By Yinka Ojo

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday declared three oil marketers wanted for collecting fraudulent subsidy claims running into billions of Naira from the Federal Government.

The EFCC said that the three men: Abdul Afeez Olarenwaju Olabisi of Fargo Petroleum and Gas Limited, Abubakar Peters Ali Jeldi, owner of Nadabo Energy Limited and Ikechukwu Onuabuchi Nworgu of Star Inspection Services Nigeria Limited were wanted over alleged forgery, conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretences and engaging in money laundering.

According to a statement by EFCC?s spokesman Wilson Uwujaren, the suspects obtained billions of naira as subsidy payments from the Petroleum Support Fund, PSF, under false pretences, and disappeared in the wake of the commission?s investigation of the subsidy regime.

The statement entitled, ?Fuel Subsidy Scam: EFCC declare marketers wanted,? reads, ?The EFCC, has declared three oil marketers implicated in the multi- billion naira fuel subsidy scam wanted.

The trio of Abdul Afeez Olarenwaju Olabisi of Fargo Petroleum and Gas Limited,  Abubakar Peters Ali Jeldi, managing director of Nadabo Energy Limited and Ikechukwu Onuabuchi Nworgu of Star Inspection Services Nigeria Limited  are wanted by the Commission for offences bordering on criminal conspiracy, forgery, obtaining money by false pretences and money laundering running into several billions of Naira”

“Olabisi, 31, hails from Kwara State and speaks Yoruba, Hausa and English languages fluently. His last known address is Fargo Petroleum and Gas Limited.

“Jeldi, 34, is of the Igala stock from Kogi State , North Central Nigeria. He speaks his native Igala, Hausa and English languages fluently.  His last known address are 4B Louis Solomon Close, Victoria Island, Lagos and 15 Ogbunike Street , Lekki, Lagos .

“Nworgu, 46, hails from Abia State . He speaks Igbo and English fluently. His last known address is Star Inspection Services Nigeria Limited, 4A, Lander Close, Off Liverpool Road, Apapa ? Lagos .  The trio allegedly obtained billions of Naira as subsidy payments from the Petroleum Support Fund under false pretence, and disappeared in the wake of the Commission?s investigation of the subsidy regime.

The Commission called for useful information that could lead to the arrest of the run away marketers through its contact in “Enugu, Kano, Lagos, Gombe, Port Harcourt and Abuja  offices or through these numbers: 09-4604620,  070-26350721,070-26350722,070-26350723,070-6350724, 070-26350725; or by e-mail to: [email protected]  or the nearest Police Station.??

The commission said it took the step to declare the accused wanted when they consistently failed to show up and clear themselves of allegations of fraud and money laundering after several invitations.

?These men must have fled. That is the way we look at it. We have made several attempts to fish them out but they have carefully avoided the commission since the investigation started” the statement noted. 

The EFCC also denied rumours that it had received orders to let any of the suspects currently standing trial off the hook. The commission said the delay in the trial of other suspects referred by the Aig-Imoukhuede Committee for prosecution will resume when the courts resume from vacation.

Yinka Ojo

Yinka has taught at various levels of education. He has published a textbook on effective teaching practice and several academic papers in reputable journals. He is currently an education consultant. He loves writing, poetry, music and is presently working on a musical album billed to be released into the market soon. 

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