Contract Scam: Macobarb Claims Over N1Bn Liabilities Against NLNG As Matter Begins In PH High Court
The much-awaited civil suit in the lingering contract scandal between Macobarb International Limited and the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas company (NLNG) has opened in a Port Harcourt High Court at last.
The case was mentioned before Hon. Justice C. Nwogu of State High Court 18. Macobarb was represented by Barr Morrison Uzoma & C. Jombo while NLNG was represented by lawyers from Babalakin Chamber led by Barr Igboneku Valentine.
Macobarb is claiming over N1Bn as liabilities from NLNG on the contract given to them by the NLNG. They said the contract was breached and terminated without offsetting all bills and payments due Macobarb. They also said by not paying them off, the equipment and men remained on site to accrue more liabilities daily.
When the case was mentioned, NLNG lawyers told court it only filed statement of Defence same day but lawyers to Macobarb said NLNG was yet to regularize filing out of time.
Macobarb had brought a motion asking to be permitted to prove it’s case against NLNG since NLNG had not filed statement of Defence well over the time it ought to.
Igboneku representing Babalakin opposed the motion by telling court that the process opposing the motion was yet to be filed because the seven days to file was yet to elapse.
Hon. Justice Nwogu adjourned case to October 17, 2022, and advised both counsels to file all processes and bring hard copies of all processes to enable the court look into positions canvassed by each party’s counsel on next adjourned date.
Macobarb had filed a criminal prosecution through private prosecutor window seeking to commit the NLNG, its former MD, Tony Atah, and the head of legal, Akachukwu Nwokedi, but the police repeatedly failed to submit its report as required by the Rivers State law.
The Chief Magistrate frowned at the gross failure of the police and thus struck out the case but said any time the police was ready with the report, the prosecution could continue.
Macobarb angrily petitioned to the IG of police who assigned the case to Interpol since the regular police was failing. The NLNG is understood to object to the intention of the Interpol.
By Ignatius Chukwu