Lagos - Six suspects have been remanded in custody following their recent arrest for illegally oil dealing.
Abu Sunday Smith, Albert Azasu, Lawal Abdul Akinola, Simeon Inatemi John, Sunday Essien, John Fregene, and a vessel, MT RAGINA before Justice Abubakar Shitu of the Federal High Court, Warri, Delta State have been arraigned on a two-count charge bordering on conspiracy and illegal dealing in petroleum products.
Officers of the Joint Task Force Operation Pulo Shield intercepted the vessel and its crew members on December 16 last year at Forcados loaded with 300 metric tons of substance suspected to be crude oil.
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Smith was alleged to be the captain.
According to the spokesperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Wilson Uwujaren, the suspects were alleged to have been involved in siphoning crude oil from an abandoned oil well at Sokobolo community, Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.
They pleaded not guilty to charges.
Justice Abubakar has adjourned the matter to Thursday next week for hearing of bail application and April 29 for trial. He ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody.
- CAJ News