#EndSARS: Techno Oil MD Testifies At Lagos Judicial Panel

Justice Doris Okuwobi and other individuals of the Lagos Judicial panel for the period of a sitting on April 30, 2021.

The Managing Director of Techno Oil, Anthony Onyeama, on Friday appeared ahead of the Lagos Utter Judicial Panel on restitution for victims of SARS and other related offences, in deference to a summon issued on him and two other management team of the firm.

At the final sitting of the panel on the petition filed by Prince Sunday Adebayo, the Chairman of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi, had granted the request of the petitioner to summon three management team individuals of Techno Oil.

Those summoned were the Personnel Managing Director, Mrs Nkechi Obi, the MD, and Mr Godfrey Okigbo.

The petitioner, a inventory investor, had told the panel that he turn out to be as soon as unlawfully arrested and detained by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) from July 17 to August 10, 2015, without bail with recognize to a trumped-up allegation of the utilize of a untrue cheque to determine on four tankers of Automotive Gasoline Oil (AGO) from the Kirikiri Depot of Techno Oil.

He acknowledged the allegations were made by the three management team individuals of the oil firm to the police.

The petitioner asked the panel to summon all three to testify so that he can obvious his title and watch compensation from the police for his alleged unlawful arrest and detention.

Led in evidence by the petitioner’s counsel, Adeyinka Omowa, Onyeama acknowledged he has labored with the firm for 25 years nonetheless can no longer snatch having any commerce dealings with the petitioner.

“Techno Oil has a frail of about 12 critical prospects. Most situations, another companies may maybe maybe per chance additionally additionally pay thru the critical prospects. The customer paid some money and claimed that he turn out to be as soon as paying thru Zedimano,” he acknowledged.

The stumble on added, “A teller came in, claiming to comprise paid in favour of Zedimano and the manager loaded products, nonetheless the cheque did no longer drop, and on contacting GTB, we were told that the cheque is a dud cheque.

“Then we contacted the police and to boot they arrested Sunday Adebayo. The subject occurred in 2008 and I turn out to be as soon as the MD as of then.

He acknowledged from the police files, the petitioner defrauded the firm, adding that he does no longer know if the police comprise concluded their investigation.

Onyeama turn out to be as soon as, thereafter, shown some paperwork by the petitioner’s counsel which he recognised and affirmed his signature on the doc and when asked if the paperwork were admitted in evidence, he acknowledged he does no longer know on yarn of he turn out to be as soon as no longer indicate when the petitioner gave his evidence in chief.

In consequence, the petitioner tendered the paperwork which were admitted as an present with out a objections.

The petitioner’s counsel asked the stumble on if the particular perpetrator for the fraud had been arrested by the police and he replied that he turn out to be as soon as no longer a policeman to grab that.

Below frightful-examination by the police counsel, the stumble on admitted writing a petition to the Nigeria Police, announcing it turn out to be as soon as on that foundation that the petitioner turn out to be as soon as arrested.

The police counsel then sought to gentle the petition which turn out to be as soon as no longer objected to and turn out to be as soon as admitted as present.

Onyeama also admitted that a member of team of Techno Oil turn out to be as soon as invited to the Zone 2 Headquarters of the police, nonetheless he may maybe maybe per chance additionally no longer recollect who made the allegation.

He admitted shiny that his firm filed a suit in opposition to Adebayo and CSP Ebikwe at the Utter High Court docket, noting that it turn out to be as soon as for an identical case of theft.

The stumble on turn out to be as soon as shown a copy of the suit filed which he recognised, and the police counsel sought to gentle it. It turn out to be as soon as no longer objected to.

A elementary magnificent suit of the three management team individuals in opposition to the AIG to blame of Zone 2 at the time and Adebayo turn out to be as soon as also tendered and admitted as present.

Equally, a copy of the MOU between Mr Olufemi Olusi of Techno Oil and the petitioner dated June 5, 2014, turn out to be as soon as admitted and marked as present.

The panel, thereafter, adjourned the subject until Might maybe simply 25, 2021.


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