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DPR Refutes Marketers Claim Of Low Quality AGO Supply In Alleged $8.4 M Oil Theft By Yetunde Ayobami Ojo

A  Chief Technical Officer, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Samuel Shuaibu has told a Special Offences Court, sitting in Ikeja, that $8.4million worth of Automotive Gas Oil allegedly stolen by Trafigura Beheer BV and six others, sometimes in 2008, met set standard of regulation agency in Nigeria. 

Shuaibu in his evidence before Justice Mojisola  Dada debuked claimed by the oil marketers that AGO supply in alleged  $8.4 m oil theft was of low quality.                            
Led -in-evidence by the prosecution counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), the witness told court that the vessel carrying the AGO - MT Oxy 6 berth at Ibru jetty in December 2008, and the product was tested and confirmed to be suitable for Nigeria market. 
Tafigura Beheer BV and six others are charged by the  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged conspiracy, forgery and stealing of over 6000 metric tonnes of AGO belonging to Nadabo Energy Limited. 
Trafigura PTE Limited was arraigned on three count charges alongside, Yusuf Yahaya Kwande, Mettle Energy and Gas, Rendbrandt Limited, Osahon Asemota and Jil Engineering and Oil Service.
The defendants allegedly committed the offences from October 22, 2008 and December 15, 2008. The offence is contrary to Section (383(1), 427 and 516 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State Cap. 17 of 2003.
The witness further told court that when the product was tested, it met the primary parameter of DPR. Added that the implications is that the AGO is normal and suitable for consumption in Nigeria market. 
"I know the vessel called MT Oxy 6. In December 2008, the vessel berth at Ibru jetty, and the captain of the vessel declared quantity on board based on documents submitted by him. 
"The vessel was engaged by Jil Engineering Services. Analysis of the product shown that it met the primary parameter of specification of normal AGO. The AGO that did not meet the primary parameter will be rejected by the DPR.  The DPR cleared the vessel to Ibafon jetty because the products have satisfied the primary parameter of the specification. The product is within the specification of DPR and the quality of the cargo was declared okay by the regulatory agency. 
"We do not participate in the offshore quality analysis of the product. As a result of quality analysis conducted by us, the primary parameter was satisfied. Quality Certificate was issued," the witness said. 
The court  therefore admitted as exhibit;0 Bill of Lading, Quality Certificate of MT. Bonito, haulage documents issued for transshipment from MT. Sikken Province to Oxy 6 and summary of Transfer Certificate Oxy 6 from MT. Efeomo. 
The trial judge subsequently adjourned the matter to May 2, 2019, for the cross examination of the witness. 

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