$1bn Deal: Court Accepts More Evidence Against Omokore

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has approved application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to tender additional evidence against Jide Omokore and others.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba in a ruling yesterday granted EFCC’s amended proof of evidence, and dismissed the objection by one of the defendants, Abiye Membere, which challenged his jurisdiction to admit the additional evidence.

Omokore, who is the managing director of Atlantic Energy Drilling Ltd, is facing charges of alleged breach of Strategic Alliance Agreement with the Federal Government worth $1bn.

Others charged with him are: former director of Exploration NNPC, Abiye Membere; the former Managing Director, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), Victor Briggs; Manager, Planning and Commercial of NNPC, David Mbanefo; Atlantic Energy Brass Development Limited, and Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Limited.

The case has been adjourned to July 5.

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