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IN DETAIL: Quinn, Lukman — the dead people named in P&ID corruption trial

IN DETAIL: Quinn, Lukman — the dead people named in P&ID corruption trial
September 20
16:47 2019
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On Friday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned Grace Taiga, a former director in the ministry of petroleum resources, for alleged corruption in the gas supply and processing agreement (GSPA) between the federal government and P&ID.

A high court of the federal capital territory (FCT) remanded her in prison in Suleja, Niger state, after she pleaded not guilty to an eight-count charge levelled against her by the EFCC.

She is to remain in custody until September 25 when her bail application will be heard.

On the charge sheet seen by TheCable, Taiga is not the only one being accused of financial impropriety in the P&ID deal.

Michael Quinn, founder of P&ID; Neil Hitchcock, managing director of Addax Petroleum; and Rilwan Lukman (pictured), a former minister of petroleum resources — all deceased — were named in the charge sheet.

P&ID, Quinn, Brendan Cahill, Hitchcock, Lukmanu and Taiga were all mentioned in count one.

Lukman was mentioned in counts two, three, seven and eight.

Taiga, one of the former directors

The company’s name was later taken out of the charge sheet after it was amended by the prosecution.

P&ID claims that it entered a contract to build a gas processing plant in Calabar, Cross River state, with the Nigerian government and the deal collapsed because the government did not fulfil its own end of the bargain.

It then sued Nigeria and secured a $9.6 billion judgement(including interest) in its favour.

COUNT ONE

That you, PROCESS AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENTS LlMiTED being a company incorporated in the British Virgin Island (convicted), MICHAEL QUINN (deceased), BRENDAN CAHILL (at large), NEIL HITCHCOCK (deceased), and GRACE TAIGA on or about the 11th January, 2010 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud made a false statement in paragraph 8 (g) of the GAS SUPPLY AND PROCESSING AGREEMENT (“GSPA”) to wit: the parties are aware that the 24inch Adanga pipeline presently under construction from the Addax operated OML 123 directly to Calabar and due for completion in 2010 which part of the said agreement you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 362 (a) of the Penal Code Law and punishable under section 364 of the same law

COUNT TWO

That you, GRACE TAIGA AND DR. RILWAN LUKMAN (deceased) being public officers on or about the 11th January 2010 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court signed a contract titled Gas Supply and Processing Agreement between the Ministry of Petroleum Resources of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and PROCESS AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT LIMITED a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the British Virgin Island without any cash backing and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 22(4) of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences act, 2000.

COUNT THREE

That you, GRACE TAIGA AND DR. RILWAN LUKMAN (deceased) being public officers on or about the 11th January 2010 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court signed a contract titled Gas Supply and Processing Agreement between the Ministry of Petroleum Resources of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and PROCESS AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT LIMITED a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the British Virgin Island without obtaining the requisite statutory approvals of the Federal Executive Council pursuant to section 2 (1) end (2) of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Comm15510n (Establishment, ETC),2005 and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 22(4) of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences act, 2000.

COUNT FOUR

That you, GRACE TAIGA (former Director of Legal Services in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources) on or about the 14th of September, 2015 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court corruptly received the sum of $1,000 (One thousand United States Dollars) from Eastwise Trading Limited through the Zenith Bank offshore Account No. 5070369868 operated by you on account of the favour you showed to PROCESS AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT LIMITED which led to the definitive agreement entered into between the company incorporated in the British Virgin Island and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources in 2010 and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 8(1)(a) of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences act, 2000.

COUNT FIVE

That you, GRACE TAIGA (former Director of Legal Services in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources) on or about the 18th of December, 2017 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court corruptly received the sum of $10,000 (ten thousand United States dollars) from Industrial Consultants International through your Zenith Bank offshore Account No. 5070369868 on account of the favour you already showed to PROCESS AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT LIMITED which led to the execution of the definitive agreement entered into between the said company incorporated and existing under the laws of the British Virgin Island and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources on the 11th of January, 2010 and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 8(1) (a) of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences act, 2000.

COUNT SIX

That you, GRACE TAIGA (former Director of Legal Services in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources) on or about the 27th of June, 2018 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court corruptly received the sum of $10, 000 (ten thousand United States dollars) from Industrial Consultants international through your Zenith Bank offshore Account No 5070369868 on account of the favour you already showed to PROCESS AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT LIMITED which led to the execution of the definitive agreement entered into between the said company incorporated and existing under the laws of the British Virgin Island and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources in 2010 and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 8(1)(a) of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences act, 2000.

COUNT SEVEN

That you, GRACE TAIGA AND RILWAN LUKMAN (deceased) being public officers in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources on or about the 11th of January, 2010 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court knowingly disobeyed the direction contained in section 2 of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (Establishment, ETC) Act which required the approval of the Federal Executive Council prior to the entering into such contract contained in the Gas Supply and Processing Agreement between the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and Process and Industrial Development Ltd signed by you and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 123 of the Penal Code law.

COUNT EIGHT

That you, GRACE TAIGA AND RILWAN LUKMAN (deceased) being public officers in the Ministry of Petroleum resources on or about the 11th of January, 2010 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court knowingly disobeyed the direction contained in sections 15 and 16 of the Public Procurement Act, 2007 which required the issuance of a “Certificate of No Objection to award of Contract” by the Bureau of Public Procurement prior to entering into such contract contained in the Gas Supply and Processing Agreement between the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and Process and Industrial Development Ltd signed by you and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 123.

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