A man, Nathaniel Attah, has been arraigned before the Kaduna State High Court for diverting N10.6 million being the proceeds of the petrol sale. Until his arrest, Attah worked as manager of Sharon Petroleum Limited, SPL, Lugbe in Abuja.
“Investigations revealed that the N10, 611,171. 70 Attah allegedly embezzled was the differences from the daily sales of the petroleum products which were recorded at the suspect’s station. The accused person admitted to have misappropriated the alleged sum when he was confronted with the allegation,” said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Attah initially pleaded “guilty” to one count charge of criminal breach of trust, but later changed his plea.
Arrested alongside Attah was Ibrahim Na-Ta’ala, who obtained N2.4 Million from the stolen money. The EFCC said NaTa’ala obtained the money under the pretext of helping Attah buy a parcel of land, which however turned out to belong to someone else.
Na-Ta’ala also pleaded “not guilty” to one count charge. The trial judge, Mu’azu, adjourned both cases to 7th June, 2018 for trial. He ordered the defendants remand in prison pending hearing into their bail application.