EFCC prosecutes 12 suspects, ship for sales of alleged stolen diesel

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumercConnect

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission arraigned 12 persons, vessel ‘MT Mother Comfort’, and a firm, Azamosa Limited, who allegedly traded in 240 metric tonnes of Automative Gas Oil (diesel) without appropriate licence or lawful authority, before a Federal High Court Thursday, December 3, in Lagos, Nigeria.

The country’s anti-graft agency had arraigned the defendants before Justice Muslim Hassan of the Federal High Court on a three-count charge, The Nation report said.

The 12 defendants are Ojajuni Adebowale, Dele Napoleon, Aderemi Akinade, Stephen Ogunboye, Ekene Okendu, Agbanoma John, Azu Okengwu, Alum Julius, Awah Ucheojo, Femi James, Odenike Rasaq and Neele Keerebari.

Mr. Mohammed Idris, Counsel to EFCC, purported that the suspects committed the offence July 24, 2020, in Lagos.

The EFCC Counsel said the offence contravened Section 3(3) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, 2004 and punishable under Section 1(17) of the same Act.

The court heard that the defendants also infringed Section 4 of the Petroleum Act, 2004.

The defendants pleaded not guilty.

Following an application by Sola Obaribirin, the defendants’ lawyer, Justice Hassan granted each defendant N10million bail with one surety in the like sum.

The Justice, however, remanded the defendants in Correctional Service custody, pending the fulfillment of the bail conditions.

Trial proper begins February 4 and 5, 2021, according to report.

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