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Lagos court defers hearing on oil bunkering case

24 July 2015, 18:48

Lagos - The Federal High Court in Lagos is on Monday expected to rule on the bail application filed by ten suspects arraigned for illegal oil bunkering.

the Nigerian Navy Ship Ikot-Abasi  intercepted MV Peace and its crew members -  James Abatan, Wasiu Abdul Owonikoko, Patrick Ameh, Johnson Ademola, Felix Otto, Chigozie Oguike, Olu Salisu, Jomo  Gadagbe, Kunle Oba Saheed and Rasheed Adio-about five nautical miles off Lagos Fairway Buoy on suspicion of illegal dealing in petroleum products.

They were found in possession of 200 metric tons of petroleum product.

Also read: Lagos oil bunkering gang secures bail

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is seeking their prosecution on a three count charge bordering on conspiracy and illegal dealing in petroleum products.

The accused have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

In view of the plea of the accused, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo prayed the court for a trial date and to remand the accused in prison custody.

However, counsel to all accused persons, Dada Awosika said he had filed an application for bail and prayed the court for a short adjournment for hearing.

Justice Muhammad Idris has thus adjourned the case to Monday.

- CAJ News


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