Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of an Abuja Federal High
Court has struck out one of the nine counts of
$1.6bn crude oil fraud leveled against an ally of
former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-
Madueke, Jide Omokore, and five others.

The judge struck out the eighth-count after
hearing an application filed by Diezani, claiming
that she was indicted in the particular count, but
was not availed the opportunity to defend herself.

Accused in the case include, Omokore, his two
companies, Atlantic Energy Brass Development
Limited and Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts
Limited.

Other defendants are a former Managing Director
of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company,
Victor Briggs; a former Group Executive Director,
Exploration and Production of the Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation, Abiye Membere;
and a former Manager, Planning and Commercial
of the NNPC, David Mbanefo and the former
Petroleum Minister, Alison-Madueke.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, had instituted nine counts of criminal
diversion of about $1.6bn alleged to be part of
proceeds of sales of petroleum products
belonging to the Federal Government, against
Omokore and six others.

EFCC accused Allison-Madueke alongside Biggs,
Membere and Mbanefo, in count eight of aiding
Omokore to launder money.


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