The federal government has slammed six separate criminal charges against a British national, James Nolan and six other companies over their alleged involvement in the $9.6 billion Process and Industrial Development (P&ID) “contract scam”.
P&ID, an Irish engineering company, had secured a $9.6B award against Nigeria following the non-execution of a 20-year gas and supply processing agreement (GSPA) the company had with the federal government.
However, the federal government appealed the judgment in a London High Court.
At the resumed court session on Tuesday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned Nolan alongside Lurgi Consult LTD on eight counts (FHC/ABI/CR/143/20) of money laundering.
In the second charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/144/20 he is answering to five counts alongside Kristholm Nigeria LTD.
In another charge labeled (FHC/ABI/CR/146/20), the EFCC preferred six counts against Nolan and Babcock Electrical Projects LTD.
Also, the British national is answering to a six-count charge (FHC/ABI/CR/147/20) together with LIR Resources Nigeria LTD
In the sixth charge marked FHC/AB)/CR/148/20, Nolan and Ecophoenix Nigeria LTD are slammed with a six-count charge.
Nolan, however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
Despite not having legal representatives, the court entered a “not guilty” plea for all six companies.
Adam Quinn and Neil Murray who are also Directors in the companies but currently are on the run were also mentioned in the charges.
Bala Sanga, EFCC counsel, said the commission would file an application for the arrest of Quinn and Murray to get them to stand trial.
Moving an oral application for bail, Mr Paul Erokoro SAN, counsel to Nolan urged the court to adopt the bail conditions previously granted to his client in a sister case marked FHC/ABJ/239/2019 which was filed before Justice Okon Abang, a federal high court judge.
Since the application for bail was not opposed by EFCC, Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed of the federal high court adopted the previous bail conditions.
The case has been adjourned to October 5 for the commencement of trial.
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