Lagos- Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court, Lagos, on Thursday ordered that four men charged with oil pipeline vandalism be remanded in Ikoyi Prisons.
The accused-- Wale Onana, 43; Owekwere Olusor, 22; Yaya Edimini, 26; and Chuke Isoju, 24-- are standing trial on a four-count charge bordering on stealing, unlawful possession, sale and vandalism of oil pipeline.
They all pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Abang, however, ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody since no bail application had been filed on their behalf.
The prosecutor, Justin Enang told the court that the accused, all residents of Ikorodu in Lagos State, committed the offences on Jan. 23.
He said that they were apprehended by the police at about 5.30 a.m. at Arepo in Ogun State for vandalising oil pipelines in the area.
Enang said that not less than 600 litres of petrol valued N58 200 was recovered from the accused the night they were arrested.
He said the offences committed contravened provisions of Sections 7 (a) (b) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offence Act Cap M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
According to him, the offence is also contrary to Section 390 of the Criminal Code Act, 2004, which stipulates a minimum of three years imprisonment on conviction.
Abang adjourned the case till June 6 for hearing.