N1.9bn Oil Subsidy Fraud Receives Final Judgment Today

The fate of Walter Wagbatsoma, Adaoha-Ugo-Ndagi will be decided today by Justice Lateefa Okunnu of a Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, who will today deliver judgment in a N1.9 billion oil subsidy theft charge brought them and Ontario Oil & Gas Limited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC).

They are alleged to have on July 7, 2010 obtained the sum of N340, 000,000 by false pretense from the Federal Government purporting the money to be subsidy payable to Ontario Oil and Gas Nigeria Limited. The offence is among several others brought against them by the EFCC in a case of conspiracy, obtaining property by false pretense, forgery and altering of documents.

Justice Okunnu had earlier dismissed all three applications filed on behalf of Walter Wagbatsoma, Adaoha Ugo-Ngadi and their company, Ontario Oil and Gas Nigeria Limited, challenging the jurisdiction and competence of the lower court as well as a no-case submission, argued by the defendants.

Their attempt to also use the Court of Appeal to stop their trial also failed. In a lead ruling delivered by Justice Amina Augie, on April 30, 2015, the appellate court again dismissed their applications to stop the trial, by affirming the jurisdiction of the lower court, and ordered him and others to “go and face trial”.