Lagos - A Federal High Court in Lagos on
Thursday remanded three fishermen in prison custody over alleged unlawful
dealing in petroleum products.
The accused, Tijani Gbadamosi, 48; Adelake Akininbosun,
54; Kenneth Okoria, 39, are standing trial on a three-count charge bordering
on conspiracy and unlawful dealing in petroleum products.
The Prosecutor, DSP Mathew Omosun, told the court that the
accused committed the offences on Aug. 27 at Ijanikin area of Lagos.
He said the accused loaded 700 litres of Premium Motor
Spirit (petrol) worth N546, 000 into a truck with registration no. YB 200 EKY
without a licence.
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Omosun alleged that the accused had the intention of
distributing and selling to the public the petroleum product, property of the
Pipeline and Products Marketing Company (PPMC).
The offences contravened Sections 1(7), (a), 3(6) and 17(b)
of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Laws of the Federation 2007.
The trio pleaded innocence of the offences.
But the prosecutor urged the court to remand the accused in
prison custody pending commencement of trial.
Counsel to the accused, Mr Mark-Anthony Akariele, however,
informed the court that he would formally file a bail application.
Justice Mohammed Yunusa adjourned the case till Sept.11 for
hearing of the bail application.