The trial of a former Director, Legal Services of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Grace Taiga, for alleged fraud in the case involving Process and Industrial Development Limited (P&ID) before Justice O.A Adeniyi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court Abuja continued today, January 10, 2022 with the EFCC presenting its fourth prosecution witness.
At the commencement of hearing, the prosecution presented a thirteen-count amended charge which was read to the defendant. Count 12 of the charge reads,
“That you GRACE TAIGA (former Director of Legal Services in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources) on or about the 30th of December, 2009 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court corruptly received the sum of USD4969.5 (Four Thousand Nine Hundred and Sixty-nine United States Dollars, Five Cents paid by Marshpearl Limited, a company controlled by the owners and promoters of Process and Industrial Development (P&ID)- into HSBC bank account of your daughter, Enameg Vera Moses Taiga domiciled at No.8, Canada Square, London branch of HSBC in relation to Gas Supply and Processing Agreement(GSPA) between the Ministry of Petroleum Resources of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and P&ID( a company incorporated and existing under the laws of the British Virgin Island) which led to the execution of the GSPA sometime in the year 2010 and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 8(1)(a) and (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act,2000”.
Count 13 reads, “That you GRACE TAIGA (former Director of Legal Services in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources) on or about the 30th of January, 2012 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court corruptly received the sum of USD 5000 (Five Thousand United States Dollars) paid by Kristholm Limited- a company controlled by the owners and promoters of Process & Industrial Development Limited (P&ID)- into the HSBC account of your daughter, Enameg Vera Moses Taiga domiciled at No. 8 Canada Square, London branch of HSBC, on account of the favour you already showed P&ID in relation to the Gas Supply and Processing Agreement (GSPA) executed between the Ministry of Petroleum Resources of the Federal Government of Nigeria and P&ID ( a company incorporated and existing under the laws of the British Virgin Island) and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 8(1)(a) and (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000”.
The defendant pleaded “not guilty”, to the charges.
Aminu Lawal, PW4, an operative of the EFCC, led in evidence by the prosecuting counsel, Mohammed Abbah told the court that the team received a petition dated June 28, 2018, signed by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, conveying the directive of Mr. President that investigation surrounding the circumstances of the Gas Processing Supply Agreement, GSPA, should be carried out. “I came to know the defendant when the investigation commenced. I discovered that she witnessed the GSPA. She also drafted the GSPA when she was at the Ministry of Petroleum Resources as Director Legal.”
The witness further told the court that the team discovered a lot of discrepancies including an unsigned agreement between the Ministry of Defence and Khristolm Limited. “We discovered one unsigned agreement between the Ministry of Defense and Khristolm Limited, a company owned and controlled by P&ID Limited and the promoters of P&ID are Michael Quinn, Brendan Cahill, James Nolan and Niel Hitchob.
“We wrote a letter of investigation to the Ministry of Defence to give us the details of the contract awarded to the companies that are related to P&ID. Investigation revealed that Marsh Pearl Limited were given contract in which the defendant witnessed the agreement between the Ministry of Defence and Marsh Pearl Limited sometime in 2005.”
The prosecution witness further stated that the team discovered that, on December 30, 2019 the defendant, Grace Taiga, received $4969.50 (Four Thousand Nine Hundred and Sixty-nine United States Dollars, Fifty Cents through her daughter, Vera Ename Moses Taiga. “The money was paid by Marsh Pearl Ltd, through her daughter’s account eleven days before the signing of the GSPA.
“We discovered that on January 30, 2012, the sum of $5000 (Five Thousand United States Dollars) was also paid into her daughter’s account at HSBC Bank, London, located at Canada Street. The purpose of the payment on the transaction is commission payment. We obtained her statement based on that,” the witness added.
Documents which included search Warrant, the response from the Ministry of Defence, Details of Transactions and Certificate of Compliance were tendered in evidence and admitted by the court.
The case has been adjourned till March 8 and 16, 2022, for cross-examination of the witness.
FRSC personnel helped pregnant on transit to safe childbirth
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said some of its officers at the Mowe unit of the Ogun State Sector Command on Friday helped an expectant mother on transit to a safe childbirth.
A statement by Mr Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO) on Saturday said that the assistance became imperative as it saved the lives of the mother and child.
According to him, while on patrol at Mowe, the team, led by Deputy Route Commander (DRC) Damilola Osiyemi of Mowe Unit Command assisted a woman who was in labour around 1430hours on Friday.
“The woman, Mrs Ola of No 7, Aiyegbami street in Sagamu, boarded a vehicle with Reg No: FKJ 904 HE from Sagamu.
“She was sighted in labour and she was later rushed to Broad Life Hospital, Olowotedo near NASFAT area, Mowe Ogun State by the team where she was later delivered of a baby girl,” the statement said.
It added that the command would not relent in its determination to do anything that would safeguard the lives and property of the residents of Ogun on the road and Nigeria at large.
The statement urged all motorists to desist from breaking traffic rules and regulations to reduce traffic congestion.
It also called on motorists to feel free to seek help from FRSC personnel operating on the highway whenever the need arises.
‘After I Tore My Card, I Ceased To Be A Member’, Obasanjo Tells PDP
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo told leaders of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has maintained he is no longer a member of the party from the day he tore his membership card.
Addressing a PDP delegation led by the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, four former governors, and members of the party’s National Working Committee visited him at his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Saturday, he won’t stop dishing advice to anyone who approaches him in the interest of Nigeria
Addressing the PDP delegation, Obasanjo said: “I’m no longer in partisan politics and there is nothing that can bring back. Anybody who wants my advice, I will always be there in the best interest of Nigeria.
“Whatever I do in my own life…because I became president on the platform of PDP, PDP will continue to be part of my life. Since the day I tore my PDP card, that was the day I ceased to be a member of PDP. That day I vowed not to be a member of any political party.
“I will continue to be a statesman.”
HELP! Hole-in-heart Patient, Ramadan Seeks N6m For Urgent Surgery
A boy with three holes in the heart, Ramadan Tolani, urgently needs N6 million for chest infection surgery.
The surgery, according to medical experts, could only be done either at the Babcock University Teaching Hospital or India. However, the family considering the financial constraints of obtaining a visa and other logistics, resorted to doing the surgery at Babcock university here in Nigeria.
The young boy according to a medical report signed by the management of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), is currently on anti failure medication.
The report further implores Nigerians to accord him necessary assistance.
Ramadan was found to be centrally diagnosed with oxygen saturation values in room air between 77-45 per cent.
“Examination of the cardiovascular systems revealed a heart rate of 135bmp; with a prude 3/6 pansystolic murmur loudest at the left lower sternal border.”
The report revealed that echocardiography was done on January 6, 2021, and it revealed that Ramadan has three holes in the heart namely; Secundum ASD, right partial anomalous pulmonary venous connection and moderate PAH.
It further states that he was presented on account of recurrent chest infections noticed from birth. Mrs Mayalleke Tolani, Ramadan’s mother while pleading with Nigerians to come to her aid, explained how she has been facing endless difficulties since she gave birth to the boy. Last November, LASUTH told Tolani her son was due for the operation.
If you are touched by Ramadan’s plight, please send your donations to: Bank – Wema, Account Number – 0253889676 Account Name – Ramadan Shedrack Mayaleke
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