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Cop up for crude oil theft

18 February 2014, 21:52

Abuja - An assistant superintendent of police has been arraigned before Federal High Court in Maitama, Abuja on a two-count charge bordering on oil theft and pipeline vandalism.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is seeking the prosecution of the officer, who has been identified as Dodo Chilla Bulus.

The officer and fourteen others are currently being prosecuted by the Commission before the same court alleged to have conspired amongst themselves to break crude oil pipeline and siphon product.

Counsel to the commission, Elizabeth Ayodele, asked the court to fix a date for trial and remand the accused person in prison custody but the defence counsel, Alex Akunebu, prayed the court to admit Bulus to bail.

He said the essence of bail is to ensure that the accused person is available for trial. He added that the accused person being a Police Officer understands what bail means and that he is ready to comply with the bail terms if so granted.

Akunebu therefore urged the court to exercise its discretion in favour of his client but Ayodele objected on the ground that the offence committed by the accused person is an economic sabotage against the state which attracts life imprisonment if found guilty.

According to her, Bulus, being a police officer, knew the gravity of the offence he had allegedly committed and might jump bail or interfere with the witnesses.

She therefore urged the court to refuse their application.

Justice Chukwu adjourned the case to next week Tuesday for ruling on the bail application while the accused person will remain in custody.

- CAJ News


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