By Dipo Olowookere
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned the quartet of Tamuno Tonye Ogolo, Donald Ndifreke Dickson, Godspower Chukwudi Okoro and TamGold Energy Services before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, sitting in Maitama, Abuja.
The suspects were docked on Wednesday, on October 26, 2016, on a 5-count charge of criminal conspiracy, forgery and obtaining by false pretence.
It was alleged that Mr Okoro, in connivance with other accused persons sometime in September 2015, contacted one Bloom Faith Petroleum Limited, and promised to supply the company with crude oil through a vessel, MT OCEAN LILY.
After series of negotiations, the complainant, Bloom Faith, allegedly paid the sum of $250,000 to TamGold Energy Services’ account, a company allegedly owned by Ogolo, the first accused person.
The accused persons afterwards reneged on their promise as they could neither deliver the vessel nor make a refund of the money collected. Hence, the complainant decided to petition the EFCC.
The offence, according to the anti-graft agency, is a breach of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.
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