A Federal High Court in Abuja has issued an arrest warrant against Seinye Lulu-Briggs, widow of the late billionaire oil magnet Olu Benson Lulu-Briggs.
The court order followed a request by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a motion ex-parte.
EFCC counsel O. O. Adeola moved the motion together with and an affidavit deposed to by Ufuoma Ezire.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo ruled, “That an order of this honourable court is hereby made authorizing and or directing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigeria Police, Department of the State Security Services, the Nigerian Immigration Services and the Interpol to arrest on sight Mrs Seinye Lulu-Briggs anywhere sighted in Nigeria or outside Nigeria and produce her before this honourable court or to the EFCC’s Headquarters, Abuja.”
In the affidavit in support of the motion ex-parte, the deponent, an employee of the EFCC, said the commission received three separate petitions against the defendant which were dated January 20, 2016, signed by Aliyu Usman July 27, 2016, signed by one Theo Nwaigbo and the Federal Ministry of Justice by a letter dated April 2018 on behalf of the estate of Late Dan Obuekwe.
Ezire said in the affidavit in support of the motion, ”that three petitions were written against the Moni Pulo Ltd and its promoters; Chief Benson Lulu Briggs and Mrs Seinye Lulu Briggs.
“That the first petitioner, Chief S. O. Ariyo, alleged that Chief O.B Lulu-Briggs through his company Moni Pulo Ltd was granted oil prospecting license (OPL) 230 sometime in 1992 for which a signature bonus of $1m US Dollars is required to be paid to the Government.
“That Moni Pulo Ltd approached Trutec Investment Services Co. Ltd through Mr Dan Obuekwe to act as consultant and source for foreign technical and financial partners in which Trutec Investment Services Co. Ltd will be allotted 10 percent shares in Moni Pulo Ltd.”
He further alleged that his signature was forged adding that fewer shares were allotted to him and his name removed as shareholder without his knowledge.
The second and third petitioner, Dan Obuekwe, respectively alleged that he being one of the ultimate beneficial owners of OPL 230 (OML 114) is being shortchanged by the Lulu-Briggs family.