Saturday, 14 January 2017

Subsidy: Ontario Oil & Gas MD, Adaoha Ugo Ndagi slumps as Judge passed verdict

There was pandemonium at the premises of Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja yesterday when the Managing Director of Ontario Oil and Gas, Adaoha Ugo Ndagi, slumped and vomited when Justice Lateefat Okunnu was about to convict her and Walter Wagbasoma for their role in the N1.9billion fuel subsidy scam suit instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC).

The anti-graft agency had in 2012 arraigned Ndagi, Wagbasoma and a staff of the Petroleum Pricing Products Regulatory Agency, (PPPRA), Ebenezer Fakuade for allegedly swindling the federal government through subsidy claims to the said amount. The accused persons were standing trial on charges of conspiracy, obtaining property by false pretence, forgery and altering of documents.
Ruling on the matter, Justice Okunnu discharged and acquitted Fakuade. She however held Wagbasoma, Ndagi and their company, Ontario Oil and Gas liable for charges as filed by EFCC.
While the proceeding was on, Justice Okunnu asked for a 30-minute recess to enable her write her judgement. But as the judge resumed and was about to read her ruling, Ndagi who had subtly been weeping, shouted, slumped and was vomiting before she eventually fainted.
The incident threw the court into pandemonium with family members and prison warden trying to revive her. She was later rushed to the Havana Hospital Surulere, Lagos.
The judge subsequently put her ruling on hold, saying the judgement will now be delivered on Monday when Ndagi would have adequate medical treatment.

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