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Ex-petroleum minister, Kachikwu, Dazz Motors in Jaguar car theft case

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Former Petroleum Minister, Ibe Kachikwu has denied smuggling a automobile stolen from a Jaguar meeting in the UK into America.

Peoples Gazette reported {that a} United States court docket ordered the confiscation of the car present in Kachikwu’s possession.

The 2007 Jaguar XKR was taken from its facility in Birmingham, England. The producer stated the car was made to be used within the Czech Republic.

The grievance sheet knowledgeable the court docket that the car, which didn’t meet U.S. security requirements, was stolen and shipped to Lagos, Nigeria’s business hub.

The XKR was seized on June 15, 2011 on the Los Angeles/Lengthy Seaside seaport in California, United States.

Kachikwu admitted to the forfeiture of the car and agreed to pay $10,000 as a substitute of the car being confiscated. He maintained he was not a part of the theft.

The court docket held that the car was topic to forfeiture consistent with federal legal guidelines.

Consuelo Bland Marshall, Decide of america Court docket for the Central District of California, delivered the judgment.

“Claimant has acknowledged that the federal government had possible trigger for the seizure of the defendant car”, the court docket doc learn.

“The theft of the defendant car from the producer, as alleged within the grievance, occurred earlier than claimant’s acquisition of the car from a dealership and didn’t contain claimant.”

Kachikwu was the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian Nationwide Petroleum Company (NNPC) and Government Vice Chairman and Basic Counsel of Exxon-Mobil.

In an announcement, Kachikwu’s aide, Lawson Chibuike, famous that the car stolen was from Jamaica, not the UK, and that Jaguar informed the District Court docket of Central California.

He stated Kachikwu purchased the Jaguar automobile in 2009 from Dazz Motors Nigeria Ltd., whose MD was Emmanuel Jack, and had an workplace in Victoria Island, Lagos.

The previous minister, he confirmed, paid totally for the automobile and was registered in his identify. Chibuike recalled that after some interval of use, Kachikwu exported it to the U.S. “as a present to a relation”.

Chibuike admitted that the customs impounded the automobile as a result of it was not constructed for American roads, based mostly on emission management causes and on the suspicion that it was stolen.

“Dr. Kachikwu gave them the small print of the automobile they usually reached out to the automobile seller, who corroborated his narration and validated his innocence.

“Nonetheless, whereas it couldn’t be confirmed and established that the automobile may need been stolen in Europe, it was based mostly on the emission management considerations that an administrative ruling was given within the US that the automobile be taken again to Nigeria.”

The assertion stated as soon as the customs decided there was no cause to proceed to impound the automobile or cost the seller, “the automobile was launched to Kachikwu, who returned it to the seller and bought a refund”.

Chibuike added that the matter occurred years earlier than President Muhammadu Buhari appointed his principal a minister.

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