P&ID scam: Trial of Nigerians’ allege accomplice Taiga,others continue January 10, 2022

The trial of staff of Nigerian government  implicated in the multiple fraud case involving Process and Industrial Development Limited (P&ID) has being  adjourned to January 10, 2022 by Justice Adegbola Adeniyi of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

A former Director, Legal Services of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Grace Taiga, and an accomplice who were arraigned no September 20, 2019 are facing an eight count charge .

Taiga is being prosecuted by the EFCC on an eight count charge for her role in the disputed gas contract that has pitched Nigeria against P&ID. The defendant allegedly collected bribes through her offshore bank account for signing the alleged fraudulent Gas Supply Processing Agreement between P&ID and the Federal Government of Nigeria.She pleaded not guilty to the charge.

At the resumed trial on Friday, November 12, 2021,   the defence counsel, Daniel Alumun, cross-examined one of the prosecution witnesses, Mohammed Ibrahim, a member of the technical committee for the reform of the oil and gas sector during the tenure of late Dr. Rilwan Lukman as petroleum minister.

The witness told the court that he was not part of the discussion on any construction of a 24 inches oil pipeline from Adanga to Calabar.

Asked by Alumun whether he was aware of the Federal Government’s plan to construct a 24 inch oil pipeline, he said, ‘No’. He explained that it was not the responsibility of the technical committee but the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, as the representative of the government. “Our committee was inaugurated to reform the oil and gas sector,” he stated.

On the qualification of any company to handle such a pipeline project, the witness said such a company must have technical and financial capacity, and must be functional.

Asked whether the report of his committee was sent to the defendant at any given time, he said he could not remember.

At the end of the cross –examination, Justice Adeniyi asked the prosecuting counsel, Abba Mohammed, if he needed to re-examine the witness. Mohammed said, ‘no’, and requested for an adjournment to enable him present another witness.

The judge consequently adjourned the matter till January 10, 2022 for continuation of trial.