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 Alleged Contract Scam: NLNG Arrests Macobarb CEO In A Commando Style, Whisked From PHC To Abuja Force CID
July 12, 2022

Alleged Contract Scam: NLNG Arrests Macobarb CEO In A Commando Style, Whisked From PHC To Abuja Force CID

The contractor that accused them of obtaining by false pretense

The indigenous contractor, Shedrack Ogboru of Macobarb International Limited, who accused the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) and its principal officers has been arrested and flown to Abuja from Port Harcourt.
An official from Macobarb who called from London alerted newsmen that their CEO was arrested by 7am on Friday by a truckload of armed policemen traced to the Rumuokoro Police Division led by two officers from Force CID in Abuja.
Macobarb has been locked in a running battle with the NLNG since 2014 when its contract was terminated. Macobarb has continued to argue that the NLNG breached the terms of the contract and allegedly frustrated the prosecution of the job through consistent payment denials, something he said was forbidden by the contract.
After complaining to over federal and state intervening agencies, Macobarb press for criminal charges No PMC/1015/CS/2021 against the then MD of NLNG, Tony Attah, and head of legal, Akachukwu Nwokedi, holding them liable for what he called misrepresenting of the terms of contract to obtain value from Macobarb.
A Port Harcourt Chief Magistrate’s Court ordered the Rivers State police to investigate the complaint and submit a report. The police began the process but stopped. The inability to submit a report despite court order led to striking out of the case on March 15, 2022.
Macobarb petitioned to the Inspector General of Police who was said to have ordered the Rivers command to obey the court order. The next thing that happened was arrest of the Macobarb CEO for alleged perjury or lying on oath.
Macobarb counsels based in Aba and Port Harcourt are said to fume, wondering why the NLNG or its officials would arrest their client on charge of perjury when the police was yet to investigate whether or not the NLNG, Attah and/or Nwokedi actually deceived Macobarb to supply goods and services without full payment. The sources told newsmen that intimidation has been employed to silence the contractor and probably to evade payment said to have risen to over N3.5Bn.
It is not clear if the Macobarb CEO is still incarcerated in Abuja or not because of long holidays ahead. Calls put to the London source by Saturday did not go through. His lawyers could also not be reached as at the time of filing this report. Some unreliable sources however said he was released later in Abuja.

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