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Rivers court arraigns 9 for illegal oil trade

17 December 2014, 21:51

Lagos -  Nine men have appeared before the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, arraigned nine persons for allegedly dealing with petroleum products illegally.

Clement Oguntuwase, Joseph Obie, Ifeoluwa Albert, Adams Amzat Akokhia, Isaac Ndidi Chima, Rafiu Momodu, Rasaq Mahmud, Godwin George, and Thomas Daniel were arraigned before Justice Lambo Akanbi on a two-count charge including conspiracy.

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According to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the suspects were intercepted aboard MB SKYE by men of the Joint Task Force (JTF), Operation Pulo Shield on November 14 2014 in Brass waters, close to Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) in Bayelsa State.

They were allegedly transferring suspected crude oil from two vessels, MT CERGEN-D and MT ELIMINA, which were under investigation for alleged oil theft.

The accused are pleading not guilty to the charges.

The court granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N500 000 each and a surety in like sum, who must reside within the jurisdiction of the
court. The matter was adjourned to March 11 for commencement of trial.

- CAJ News


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