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10 suspected pipeline vandals arraigned in Ibadan

06 November 2013, 11:38

Ibadan - Ten accused persons were on Tuesday arraigned before a  Federal High Court in Ibadan  for allegedly vandalising oil pipelines belonging to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation.

The suspected oil thieves were Yusuf Rasaq, Taiwo Kasali, Ajibola Adeniyi, Fasola Adebayo, Rafiu Raheem, Sodiq Abdulah, Segun Adeyemi, Sheriff Olayode, Akinola Segun and Akinola Akorede.

The prosecuting counsel, Mudasiru  Adegbenro , said that the defendants were arraigned on a six-count charge which included conspiracy, pipeline vandalism, malicious damage, stealing and acts of economic sabotage.

Adegbenro told the court  that the defendants committed the crime on March 11  at 1.00 a.m. at Ido area of Ibadan.

He alleged that the  defendants destroyed an NNPC pipe line and stole 17 100 litres of petroleum products valued at N1.6 million.

According to him, the offences contravenes  sections 518,1 (7) and 17(3)  Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Justice Abimbola Obaseki-Adejumo granted the defendants bail in the sum of N200 000 with two reliable sureties each in like sum.

Obaseki-Adejumo adjourned the case to November 14 for hearing.

-  NAN

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