Abuja - Eight suspected oil thieves have been re-arraigned before the Federal High Court in Lagos on a five-count charges bordering on conspiracy and illegal dealing in petroleum products.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) named the suspects as Adedamola Ogungbayibi, Olaniran Olabode, Suraju Gasali, Moses Emmanuel, Wilson Bonsi, Padoun Kayode Jacob, Okparaodi Omaka Uche and Onyeogo Happy.
According to the statement, the suspects were originally arraigned before Justice Saliu Seidu of the same court on June.
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It said the defendants got into trouble on February 19 when officers of the Nigerian Navy, who were on routine patrol, arrested them.
The Nigeria Navy Ship ANDONI intercepted MT Good Success and its crew, along the Lagos waters.
At the time of arrest, it was discovered that while MT Good Success had authority to carry 350 metric tons of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), it was loaded with 1 459 metric tons of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
Officers of the Nigeria Navy then handed over the vessel, its contents and crew members to the EFCC for further investigations.
The suspects pleaded not guilty and have been allowed bail.
The trial continues.
- CAJ News