Chima Anyaso, a House of Representatives contestant for Bende Federal Constituency, in Abia State as well as the MD/CEO of Ceecon Energy, a player in Nigeria’s downstream oil sector, is currently ‘dancing naked.’
The handsome businessman who graduated from the University of Lagos, according to the information at the disposal of YES INTERNATIONAL! Magazine, allegedly swindled Guaranty Trust Bank of N2 billion.
Expectedly, he has been charged before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, SAN, on a three-count charge bordering on forgery and N2,066,400 billion fraud.
He was charged alongside his company, Ceecon Energy Oil and Gas Limited. And according to the charge sheet, FHC/L/332c/18, he allegedly committed the offence on or about February 21, 2011. He was said to have allegedly forged a letterhead paper of Total Nigeria Limited, dated February 21, 2011, with reference number AAC/CSO/OPS/, which he falsely presented to Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), to obtain credit facility in the sum of N2,066, 400, 000 billion, for delivery of 15 metric tonnes of Aviation Turbine Kerosene (ATK).
He was again alleged to have on February 22, 2011 forged another letterhead paper of Total Nigeria Limited with reference number FEB/yjo.FIN22.11, dated February 22, 2011, which he presented to GTB for the payment of N2,066,400 billion, for the supply of 15 metric tonnes of ATK.
The AGF also claimed that Anyaso fraudulently obtained the said sum from GTB as a credit facility. The offences, revealed the prosecutor, Mr Julius I. Ajakaiye, a deputy director in the AGF’s office, are contrary to and punishable by sections 2(1)(c) and section 1(1)(a) of Advance Fee Fraud and other related offences, Cap. A6 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
The prosecutor told the court that the criminal charge against the oil marketer and his company arose from a petition by Guaranty Trust Bank, dated January 19, 2017, and signed by one Sarah Ugamah and Tolulope Fadipe on behalf of the Bank.
However, at the resumed hearing of the matter on Tuesday, the prosecutor informed the court that the defendants had been evading services; he therefore urged the court for an order of substituted service, through an ex-parte motion, by way of posting the charge in defendants’ the last known addresses, which are number 16, Babatunde Dabiri Street, Lekki Phase 1 and Olaza 307/Suit 301, third wing, Worth Plaza, Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Justice Ayotunde Faji adjourned the matter to January 30, ordering that the charge sheet be posted at the last known addresses of the embattled businessman and his company.