P&ID $9.6bn judgment: FG arraigns ex-Petroleum Resources official on bribery charges

The Federal Government has arraigned a former Director, Legal Services of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Grace Taiga on charges relatin

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The Federal Government has arraigned a former Director, Legal Services of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Grace Taiga on charges relating to acceptance of bribe in connection with the controversial gas supply contract awarded in 2010 to Irish firm, Process and Industry Development (P&ID) Limited, over which a $9.6bilion judgment is now pending against Nigeria.

On Friday, Mrs. Taiga pleaded not guilty to the eight-count charge brought against her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and on which she was arraigned.

The arraignment took place before filed Justice Olukayode Adeniyi of Court 14, the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Apo, Abuja.

In the charge, Mrs. Taiga is accused among others, of receiving bribe through her offshore bank account in signing the Gas Supply Processing Agreement (GSPA) between P&ID Limited and the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Petroleum Resources Ministry on January 11, 2019.

The then Minister of Petroleum Resources, Rilwan Lukman (now late) was said to have also signed the contract.

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