The Federal government has arraigned a British national, Mr. James Nolan before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, over alleged complicity in the failed gas deal between Nigeria and an Irish firm, Process and Industrial Development (P&ID).
Mr. Nolan who is a director in all the six companies charged alongside him pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charges.
Although the six companies had no legal representation, the judge entered a ‘not guilty’ plea for them.
Mr. Adam Quinn and Mr. Neil Murray who are also directors in the companies but currently on the run were also mentioned in the charges.
Counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Bala Sanga, said the commission would file an application for the arrest of Mr.Quinn and Mr. Murray to get them to stand trial.
While moving for an oral application for bail, Counsel to the defendant, Chief Paul Erokoro, urged the court to adopt the bail conditions previously granted to his client in a sister case which was filed before Justice Okon Abang, of the Federal High Court. Chief Erokoro also informed journalists that his client had perfected all the bail conditions.
P&ID, an Irish engineering company, had in August 2019, secured a $9.6 billion award against Nigeria following the non-execution of a 20-year gas and supply processing agreement, the company had with the federal government.
The federal government has however appealed the judgment in a London high court.
The trial judge adopted the previous bail conditions and adjourned until the 5th of October, this year, for the commencement of trial.