EFCC-LOGOThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has declared two oil subsidy suspects, Seun Ogunbambo and Habila Theck, wanted.

The two men are the Managing Director and General Manager, Operations, of Fargo Petroleum and Gas Limited, one of the numerous firms implicated in the multi-million naira subsidy scam that rocked the nation in 2011.

Although the two men had been standing trial for the alleged scam of close to N1 billion, they nevertheless jumped bail, forcing the EFCC to raise the alarm about their whereabouts.

The commission said in a statement made available to Vanguard on Tuesday that the two men were wanted in connection with a case of conspiracy, forgery and obtaining the sum of N976, 653,110.28 from the Petroleum Support Fund by false pretence.

The statement signed by the EFCC spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said that the two men disappeared into thin air after being granted bail by a Lagos High Court and that all efforts to trace them had failed.

“Light complexioned Ogunbambo speaks English and Yoruba, while Theck is fluent in English and Hausa.“Ogunbambo’s last known address is 2 Olamiyuyan Crescent, Ikoyi, Lagos, while Theck’s is 89, Buck Field, Yaba, Lagos,” the commission said.

Last May, the two had claimed that their statements were obtained under duress and asked the court to quash all allegations made against them, as the EFCC violated their fundamental rights in the course of interrogation.

Their lawyer and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), filed an application praying the court to quash some charges of fuel subsidy fraud instituted against Mr. Seun Ogunbambo.Agbokoba, in his application filed before Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo, argued that the EFCC had violated his client’s right to Miranda rights.According to him, by Miranda rights, a person arrested or detained, is entitled to have legal representation immediately on arrest and before making any statement.

Miranda rights, Agbakoba argued, were to prevent coercive and involuntary extraction of statements by law enforcement agencies from suspects.

 

Information from Vanguard was used in this report.

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