P&ID rip-off: Court docket strikes out case over ex-director’s demise

P&ID rip-off: Court docket strikes out case over ex-director’s demise

Mrs Grace Taiga on the FCT Excessive Court docket in Apo, Abuja, the place she was arraigned on costs referring to the P&ID London judgment.

A Federal Capital Territory Excessive Court docket sitting in Maitama on Wednesday struck out the case towards the previous Director of Authorized, Ministry of Petroleum Assets, Grace Taiga.

Taiga was accused of bribery within the controversial Gasoline Provide Processing settlement between Course of and Industrial Improvement and the Federal Authorities.

She was first arraigned on September 20, 2019, within the case marked, FCT/HC/CR/504/19.

There have been additional amendments to the costs towards Taiga.

She was subsequently re-arraigned twice on October 3, 2020, and January 10, 2021.

Within the amended 13-count most popular towards her by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, Taiga was accused of receiving a bribe via her offshore checking account in signing the controversial GPSA.

The anti-graft company claimed that she violated numerous legal guidelines by coming into into the settlement with out the approval of the Federal Govt Council and with out acquiring a Certificates of No Objection to the contract from the Bureau of Public Enterprise.

She, nonetheless, pleaded not responsible to the costs.

The EFCC closed its case on February 27, 2023, after calling eight witnesses.

The courtroom then adjourned until November 4, 2023, for the defendant to open her defence.

Nonetheless, when the case resumed on November 4, 2023, Taiga’s lawyer, Daniel Alumun, instructed the courtroom that the defendant had died on August 1, 2023, at a hospital in Abuja.

Alumum then urged the decide to dismiss the case, a prayer that the EFCC expressed reservation about.

On the final adjourned date, the EFCC demanded to see her demise certificates earlier than the case might be struck out.

On the courtroom proceedings on Wednesday, Alumun introduced the Licensed True Copy of Taiga’s demise certificates.

He instructed the courtroom that he already served the prosecution in addition to the courtroom.

Alumun added that the demise was registered on February 29, 2024, with the Nationwide Inhabitants Fee.

In his submission, counsel for the EFCC, Mohammed Hussain confirmed he had been served Taiga’s demise certificates.

Based mostly on the demise certificates, he urged the courtroom to strike out the case towards the defendant.

Justice Olukayode Adeniyi, thereafter, struck out the case.

“The defendant’s counsel having produced the demise certificates within the case towards the defendant is hereby struck out,” he held.

PUNCH reviews {that a} London arbitration courtroom held that the method via which P&ID secured the 2010 contract to construct a gasoline processing plant in Calabar, Cross River State, was fraudulent.

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