Malami Defends His Decision To Sell Oil Vessel To Firm Standing Trial For Fraud
Nigeria’s Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has revealed why he decided to sell the forfeited oil vessel to the federal government of Nigeria.
Speaking via a press statement signed by his spokesperson, Umar Gwandu, Mr Malami said the approval to dispose of the crude oil vessels followed the final forfeiture order obtained by his office and a presidential directive of October 25, 2018. He also said that he strictly followed due process in approving the sale of the oil vessels.
Speaking further, He said though Jerome Itepu of Omoh-Jay Nigeria Ltd and his company are still standing trial, they have not been convicted by any court of law in the country and can thus not be denied the opportunity to participate in the auction bidding process by law.
Citing Section 36 (5) of the 1999 Constitution the AGF said, “Every person who is charged with a criminal offence shall be presumed to be innocent until proved guilty.
However, it was learnt that the accused included is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Edo Central Senatorial District, Chief Francis Inegbeneki; Chief Executive Officer of Omoh-Jay Nigeria Ltd., Itepu; Omoh-Jay Nigeria Ltd and Ine Oil Ltd owned by Inegbeneki.