Rivers family seeks IGP’s intervention over theft of N3b in oil deals
The Jumbo Major House of Bonny in Rivers State has urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to intervene in the theft of over N3 billion by oil firms.
In the petition dated January 8, 2021, the family demanded a forensic audit of money received by the Jumbo Major House and its sub-houses from international oil companies (IOCs).
The petition, signed by P.O. Okoroafor of Andy Igboekwe & Co Chamber, also urged Adamu to freeze all accounts where stolen money collected from the oil companies were domiciled in the case titled: Re: Grand Design To Truncate, Frustrate, Thwart, Giving False Information To The Police With Intent To Suppress, Divert And Forestall Police Investigation Predicated Upon IGP.
The petition, which consolidated an earlier one dated February 7, 2020 and titled: Case Of Fraud, Criminal Deceit, Misappropriation Of Money In Jumbo Major House, alleged that a group involving Asai Jumbo misappropriated N900m, another one led by Prof. Jasper Jumbo collected N500m, while the Sodieye Jumbo group received N1.4b.
The new petition, which Okoroafor said was initiated by Prince Kalada William-Jumbo and Charles Omuso Jumbo, also alleged that suspects in the case were trying to transfer the case from the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) to the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID).
“The IGP approved our client’s petition in a letter dated February 7, 2020 marked: CB: 7000/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOL.472/315, addressed to the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), FIB, Area 10, Garki, Abuja.
The petition was subsequently assigned to Supol Lawal Mohammed of the FIB, who with members of his team, acted on it with mastery and vigour.
“Our client informed us that the principal suspect sought to divert the attention of the team to seek transfer of the case to the FCID instead of the FIB approved by Adamu, , hence our client’s letter through the office of M.A. Igwe & Co on July 24, 2020.
“Also, to ensure that proceeds of crime in the petition are preserved by taking steps to freeze all accounts where the stolen money is now domiciled and prosecute the suspects to avoid breakdown of law and order in Bonny Kingdom, which is a home to Shell Petroleum Crude Oil Export Terminal and NLNG plant.”
“We demand that a forensic audit of all funds received by the Jumbo Major House and its sub-houses from the IOCs and all tenants be carried out during the investigation,” the family insisted.
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