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Jide Omokore’s Headache Returns



Bounced Back

Months ago, when the war against corruption under President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration started, Jide Omokore and his business partner, Kolawole Aluko were some of the most talked about men in social circles.
As speculations about them went viral, there were allegations of how their companies carted away millions of dollars belonging to the country.
Then, all the speculations degenerated into mumblings and then silence, as friends of Omokore in particular brought out the drums in jubilation.
Some of them were so bold that they went to town saying that he had sorted himself out with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and had been set free.
However, like a tagging shadow which refuses to depart from its owner, the nightmare of Omokore has once again returned.
The Chairman of Atlantic Energy Brass Development Limited and Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept Limited, had his day in court on Monday, November 21, when he was re-arraigned by the EFCC, before Justice Nnamdi Dimbga of a Federal High Court in Abuja.
Omokore was re-arraigned along with his companies and associates Victor Briggs, Abiye Membere and David Mbanefo on a nine-count amended charge, of criminal diversion of about $1.6 billion alleged to be proceeds of petroleum products belonging to the federal government.
Omokore and co-defendants were first arraigned before Justice Nyako, on July 4, 2016, but the case file was afterwards transferred to Justice Dimgba by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.


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