Lagos - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned more than 20 suspected illegal oil bunkers at the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.
The 23 suspects appeared before Justice Ibrahim Buba on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, illegal dealing and storage of petroleum products.
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The suspects were named as Ala Atubokiki Ibanibo, Wole Ajayi, Adesunloye Alexander, Fani Kayode, Captain Daniel Lebile, Micheal Mgbanwa, Segun Ekundemi, Johnson Mashebinu, Ndidi Benjamin, Bright Nwaezuoke, Blessing Omoviye, Kayode Biboye Ireti, Chuks Isiwepkweni, Friday Nchikpa, Peter Bayo, Ubom Amos , Zuopamo Embiowei, Olabamerun Owolemi, Adams Husseini, Ebisingha Timmy and Godwin Oputeh.
Ebimie Norwigeh and Olabamerin Damilola Smart are said to be still at large.
The Nigerian Navy arrested the aboard MV Long Island, and handed over to the EFCC in December for further investigation and prosecution.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to all the charges when they were read to them.
Justice Buba granted bail to the accused persons in the sum of N50 million each and one surety in like sum. The surety must be a resident of Lagos with landed property within the jurisdiction of court.
The case was adjourned to March 23 for commencement of trial.
- CAJ News