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Foreign nationals secure bail in oil bunkering case

19 June 2015, 08:55Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The case against nine foreign nationals allegedly engaged in illegal oil bunkering will now be heard next Tuesday.

This follows its deferment at the Federal High Court in Lagos.

The accused persons comprise five Bangladeshi and four Filipinos namely Axel Joseph Gibo Jabone, MD Zahirul Islam, Juanto Camireno Infantado, Suarin Fernando Alave, Gatila Jaypee Gadayan, Islam Shahinul; Islam Rafiqul, Shaikh Shibli Nomany and Rolando Jose Comendador.

They were arrested in Lagos aboard the vessel MT Asteris, with 3 423 tonnes of crude oil, in March.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned the suspects before Justice Ibrahim Buba of on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy and illegal dealing in petroleum products.

Also Read: Nigeria starts investigating crude oil swap contracts

The accused persons entered a not-guilty plea when the charges were read to them.

Justice Buba granted all the accused bail in the sum N50 million with two sureties in like sum.

All accused and sureties must deposit their international passports with two recent passport photographs with the court.

The case has been adjourned for commencement of trial.

- CAJ News


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