Judge "Arrests" House Of Reps Report On $6.8 Billion Oil Subsidy Scam-PM News, Lagos

President Goodluck Jonathan promised to fight corruption in gasoline subsidy scam three days ago
By Nnamdi Felix / Abuja

As the $620,000 subsidy probe’s bribery allegation rages, one of the oil marketers indicted by the Lawan Farouk led House of Reps’ Ad Hoc Committee on Petroleum Subsidy Regime, Integrated Oil and Gas Limited, on Wednesday secured a temporary reprieve as a Federal High Court in Abuja stopped the Federal Government from acting on the Committee’s report pending the determination of a case instituted by the company.

Justice Gladys Olotu made the interim order following a mutual agreement by lawyers to the parties in the suit, that their clients would not do anything that would affect the pending suit.

The court expressed satisfaction with the maturity of the senior advocates in the matter which led to the peaceful resolution of some knotty issues occasioned by the suit without belabouring the court to hear parties’ arguments and having to make a ruling over their different positions.

While explaining the implication of the court’s order, lead counsel to the Attorney General of the Federation, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, a senior advocate of Nigeria stated that parties in the matter had reached a “no arrest, no detention, no prosecution and no refund agreement” pending the determination of the suit.

The House of Representatives and the suspended Chairman of the committee, Farouk Lawan were listed as first and second defendants.

Awomolo and Damien Dodo, also a senior advocate of Nigeria, represented the Attorney General of the Federation who was listed as the third defendant.

The House of Reps Committee had in its report asked Integrated Oil and Gas to refund N13. 2 billion subsidy money paid to it by the Federal Government for petroleum products it imported between 2006 and 2011 on the ground that the amount was not sustainable. The company was dissatisfied and instructed its lawyer, Mr. Tayo Oyetibo, a senior advocate of Nigeria, to file a suit.

It asked the court among others to nullify the Committee’s report because it was not given fair hearing before it came to its conclusion. It also asked the court to restrain the House of Reps, the AGF, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission from acting on the report.

In the interim, the company asked for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the AGF, EFCC, ICPC and the Inspector General of Police from acting on the report of the Ad Hoc Committee pending the final determination of the case filed by it.

At the hearing of the case, arguments ensued on whether the court could stop the anti-graft agencies from carrying out their statutory duty. It was at this point that the presiding judge, Justice Olotu, excused the counsel and gave them twenty minutes to confer and agree on the position to be adopted by the court.
All the lawyers consequently agreed that no action would be taken against the company until the court has given final judgment in the case. After commending the lawyers for their maturity, the judge consequently issued an order based on the agreement stopping the defendants from acting on the report as it affected Integrated Oil and Gas pending the time she would give final judgment.

In an affidavit he deposed to, the Managing Director of the company, Anthony Ihenacho said that his company did not collect any subsidy for petroleum products not imported. According to him, “Up till date, we do not know how the 1st and 2nd Respondents (Ad Hoc Committee and Farouk Lawan) arrived at their decision that the sum of N13. 2 billion out of the subsidy funds received by our company was not sustainable and therefore not good enough to attract any subsidy.”
He also stated that the findings of the committee violated the principle of natural justice and should be nullified.

Justice Olotu adjourned further hearing in the matter to 18 October 2012 after she granted an application for accelerated hearing of the case.
 

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The right to contribute to

The right to contribute to issues is being abused on this forum. a company said it was not guilty and went to court , and we are calling everybody names. the report itself is doubtful and to me highly discredited. so what did the lawyers do wrong, the judge asked them to resolve the issue and they did. In Nigeria no one is charged to court on the basis of an indictment by a committe, the Police or other law enforcement agencies
are charged with such duties. Let us be reasonable with our comments, there is so much hype about the report, it is worthless, by our law it is the Police or efcc report that can charge them to court, besides they still have to be found guilty. so much for the report .

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Until we do away with dubious Attorney Generals,

Mark my word, Until we do away with utterly dubious Attorney Generals, this country will bleed to death from corruption. This present one is far worst than the former. We are in serious trouble

DEATH TRAP ROADS IN ELIOPARANWO AND AXIS

Please i would like you to investigate and report the terrible state of road along elioparanwo area as well as wimpey- iwofe roads in obio akpor lga of rivers state.They have been in a terrible state since the past two years with causing alot of suffering to people residing in the area.is it not part of rivers state or are the people been punished for not voting for rotimi amechi as been insuniated. please kindly investigate and report because we are been denied the dividend of democracy by rotimi ameachi goverment.

Nigeria Judiciary is at it Again!

This is another court injunction for the annulment of ....not June 12 this time but FUEL SUBSIDY REPORT

9JA JUDICIARY SYSTEM....MATURITY OF THE ATTORNEYS ???

What a laugh. The attorneys showed maturity by simply agreeing to procedures ???. The main question is when will this case will be finally settled...Is it when the legislators have received their customary 'Ghana must stay' bags and the rest of the so-called law enforcemnet have collected theirs. Little wonder why there are so many postponement in a typical courtcase in 9ja. I bet you by the time the case is settled, nobody can seriously remember the basics of the case. God help us all.

Nigeria is doom, what a shame..

A competent, civilised and matured country like the united state has what they call Jury system, where power is virtually removed from the presiding Judge. with this system twelve unknown people are chosen randoning by the court to decide the future of the defendant. Why would a dysfunctional, corrupts and inept, chaos country like Nigeria choose to allow a single corrupts Judge to be in charge of everything? farce and fool country.

I'v neva seen a country as

I'v neva seen a country as this

CORRUPTION should be changed to GEJ in the dictionary.

Finally, finally, the "i don't give a damn" President has consigned this report to the bin of history just like every other ones. The word CORRUPTION should be changed to GEJ in the dictionary.

Tayo Oyetibo, Justice Olotu, shame on you

Tayo Oyetibo who used to work with Gani Fawehinmi is a shame and a big disgrace to the legal profession, to humanity and to Gani Fawehinmi chambers. Justice Olotu and the other lawyer that conspired to make a mockery of this country's judicial system and of our collective intelligence should be ashamed of themselves. This corruption will be checked one day, if not by man, then by God.

Whither go Nigeria?!

United Marketers/FG - mesmerise and secure court injunction, stopping action on probe report;

Divided NAss/SSS/Police - uncertain, confused and held in suspense with otedol1ar vs. facrook seasons 1, 2,3,4.....;

Result - Oil probe 2012 = Power probe 2008;

Implication - Unchecked corruption & mismanagement in o&g sector, while her majority continue suffering and smiling;

Whither go Nigeria?!

Yours

CZFR, writes from Lagos and London

SHAMFUL NIGERIA

I weep for a country like Nigeria where anything goes. it is with same audacity that Otedola showed uncultured attitude of laughter to the committee members. How less insulting would it have been when an elder is talking to you and you are laughing in response. we hear Yorubas have respect for elders but this one appears uncultured like the father always sleeping in office. This people are really too desperate to continue to shortchange the common man but God's time will definately come around. Now lawyers are begining to conieve with Judges to subvert timely justice for the common man again. What in this country will not be an opportunity to loot?

THE JUDICIARY AS TOOLS OF ANARCHY

The judiciary in Nigeria has always been the willing tools for anarchy over the years. Remember ' the unciteable' 12 2/3 case. Remember Justice lkpeme and midnight judgement stopping election results announcement paving way for the annulment of 1993 elections by IBB. Remember Peter Odili and perpetual injunction against EFCC not to arrest or prosecute him. A sitting governor has always boasted 'what money can not buy more money can', referring to buying or bribing of judges. The judiciary in Nigeria is pocket friendly. Goodbye to peaceful elections, justice in conflict resolutions and orderly society.

SHAMFUL NIGERIA

I weep for a country like Nigeria where anything goes. it is with same audacity that Otedola showed uncultured attitude of laughter to the committee members. How less insulting would it have been when an elder is talking to you and you are laughing in response. we hear Yorubas have respect for elders but this one appears uncultured like the father always sleeping in office. This people are really too desperate to continue to shortchange the common man but God's time will definately come around. Now lawyers are begining to conieve with Judges to subvert timely justice for the common man again. What in this country will not be an opportunity to loot?

THE JUDICIARY AS TOOLS OF ANARCHY

The judiciary in Nigeria has always been the willing tools for anarchy over the years. Remember ' the unciteable' 12 2/3 case. Remember Justice lkpeme and midnight judgement stopping election results announcement paving way for the annulment of 1993 elections by IBB. Remember Peter Odili and perpetual injunction against EFCC not to arrest or prosecute him. A sitting governor has always boasted 'what money can not buy more money can', referring to buying or bribing of judges. The judiciary in Nigeria is pocket friendly. Goodbye to peaceful elections, justice in conflict resolutions and orderly society.

Corruption at work

These are part of d plot to divert Nig attention time will tell corrupt and useless judges.

I dey laugh

He he he he.....finally finally. I've been wondering why the indicted marketers have since not approached the Courts. That report has gone into the abbyys of history. Oya, Rep shd set up another committee with fresh mandate. I dey laugh.

Bad belle INTERNET RATS, una no dey tire?

Bad belle INTERNET RATS go die of self inflicted HYPERTENSION &STROKE. They have criticised EVERYTHING about GEJ: the way he walks, his hand shake, his looks, his hat, his dressing, his actions, his under wear, his wife(Patience), his children, his eyes, his nose, his feces, his party, his ministers, his words, his VICTORY, his SUCCESS,etc Wetin remain for bad belle INTERNET RATS to criticise? Bad belle FOOLS don develop hypertension &stroke from SELF INFLICTED task of criticising GEJ. GEJ has told these RATS, and rightly so, that HE DOESNT GIVE A DAMN. These RATS have learnt nothing from the 2011 elections & subsequent bye-elections. Despite the 'HARD WORK' of a few INTERNET RATS on this forum, who unleashed barrage of criticisms of GEJ & PDP, GEJ coasted home to electoral victory. Again despite the DEMONISATION of PDP on this forum, the party won all the bye-elections conducted since 2011 in Kogi, Adamawa, Kebbi,etc The few INTERNET RATS that survive will watch GEJ rule Nig till 2019

Bad belle INTERNET RATS, una no dey tire?

Bad belle INTERNET RATS go die of self inflicted HYPERTENSION &STROKE. They have criticised EVERYTHING about GEJ: the way he walks, his hand shake, his looks, his hat, his dressing, his actions, his under wear, his wife(Patience), his children, his eyes, his nose, his feces, his party, his ministers, his words, his VICTORY, his SUCCESS,etc Wetin remain for bad belle INTERNET RATS to criticise? Bad belle FOOLS don develop hypertension &stroke from SELF INFLICTED task of criticising GEJ. GEJ has told these RATS, and rightly so, that HE DOESNT GIVE A DAMN. These RATS have learnt nothing from the 2011 elections & subsequent bye-elections. Despite the 'HARD WORK' of a few INTERNET RATS on this forum, who unleashed barrage of criticisms of GEJ & PDP, GEJ coasted home to electoral victory. Again despite the DEMONISATION of PDP on this forum, the party won all the bye-elections conducted since 2011 in Kogi, Adamawa, Kebbi,etc The few INTERNET RATS that survive will watch GEJ rule Nig till 2019

Bad belle INTERNET RATS, una no dey tire?

Bad belle INTERNET RATS go die of self inflicted HYPERTENSION &STROKE. They have criticised EVERYTHING about GEJ: the way he walks, his hand shake, his looks, his hat, his dressing, his actions, his under wear, his wife(Patience), his children, his eyes, his nose, his feces, his party, his ministers, his words, his VICTORY, his SUCCESS,etc Wetin remain for bad belle INTERNET RATS to criticise? Bad belle FOOLS don develop hypertension &stroke from SELF INFLICTED task of criticising GEJ. GEJ has told these RATS, and rightly so, that HE DOESNT GIVE A DAMN. These RATS have learnt nothing from the 2011 elections & subsequent bye-elections. Despite the 'HARD WORK' of a few INTERNET RATS on this forum, who unleashed barrage of criticisms of GEJ & PDP, GEJ coasted home to electoral victory. Again despite the DEMONISATION of PDP on this forum, the party won all the bye-elections conducted since 2011 in Kogi, Adamawa, Kebbi,etc The few INTERNET RATS that survive will watch GEJ rule Nig till 2019

In the military days in this

In the military days in this country, every Lawyer was a Human right activist, but today they are happy wrecking the civil rule every one fought for.

How wreckless it is for Lawyers/the judiciary to gang up for eventual destruction of the democratic process.

Nigerians are not helpless, they are only waiting for the day they would be able to say thanks God, let us start afresh. If that happen, the Lawmakers are the Lawyers who form a larger number of the democratic systems beneficiaries would have more regret.

As for majority of Nigerians, no wahala after all we are used to suffering and smiling!

What STUPID lawyer will make

What STUPID lawyer will make an agreement restraining a constitutionally recognised body from carrying out their mandate? It is either this lawyer doesn't know his onions or a LOT of money must have exchanged hands. I think it's the two.

Know Your President

Know your president. Please read Night Of A Thousand Thoughts: A Review Of Presidential Media Chat by clicking on this link http://t.co/kLohAxF2. You will understand your president better. I am afraid for this country.

Democracy is a tripod supported by the masses!

The principles of democracy and doctrines of separation of power in an ideal setting is the beauty of democracy. In Nigeria, each arm of the government is continually engaged in usurping the others' powers. Why should the judiciary grant orders preventing the Executive from carrying out its investigative and prosecution of alleged crime? Why are the oil companies rushing over to obtain this kind of injunctions that halts everything if indeed they want to put their own case out? Is the court not the appropriate place to state their side of the story and prove their innocence if the claim that the panel did not invite them to do so is right? If the three arms of democracy continues along this direction, the support of the masses will end up being removed through mass action of civil disobedience and unrest. A word is enough for the wise who has ears to hear!!!

The conspiracy continues

The conspiracy continues among the tiers of government. The question is: How do the patriotic people respond to these intrigues?

Not true. no regrets, be

Not true. no regrets, be patient

COURT ORDER

GED is not even interested in the so called report.The court needed not to order the stoppage of an action that was never intended.God save NIGERIA!!!!!!

WRATH OF THE EARTH!

Nigeria and Nigerians altogether are Wraths of the Earth whereas ethnicity and religious fanatism remain the stambling block to economic and political development. Our shallow perception of mine is mine and mine is the best can never in any way grant our dear mother(Nigeria)a little chance to progress. This crop of born-criminals who wax as our leaders have taken advantage of our religious and ethnic inclination to rendering us worthless and throwing our wealth to their hungry dogs. We are quite ignorant of what it gives as the consequence of poor leadership and what it gives as consequence of good leadership. Until we all decide to have a leadership based on merit and repute rather than ethnic or religious affiliation,like what people of Senegal did.

Nigeria's judicial system is

Nigeria's judicial system is at it again. Justice 'Atuluka' why the choice of October and not July or at most August? E se e re ko dara o!

Judge "Arrests" House Of Reps Report On $6.8 Billion Oil Subsidy

'Arrangee masitasi ooo' by Fela Anikulapo of blessed memory is playing out here. Subsidy report is dying gradually by the day - Congratulations to GEJ

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