Justice Oyindamola Ogala of the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja on Thursday remanded three businessmen, Anietei Obong, Akaninyene Okpoho and James Dottie in prison custody for allegedly stealing parts of an aircraft belong to Bristol Helicopter Nigeria Ltd.
The judge ordered that the three men be kept in prison after they were arraigned before her by the men of the Special Fraud Unit of the Nigeria Police on a six count charge of conspiracy, stealing and forgery.
According to the police prosecutor, Bennett Benedict the three businessmen allegedly stole parts of the helicopter worth $50,000 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos.
Benneth also claimed that the accused persons and others at large, sometimes between 2016 and 2017 at Murtala Muhammed Airport, conspired to commit felony by stealing several helicopter spare parts.
Part of the charge reads “That you Anietie Felix Obong, Akaninyene Mfon Okpoho, James Emiojere Dottie and others at large, sometimes between the year 2016 and 2017, at the principal head office premises of Bristol Helicopters Nigeria Limited at the General Aviation Terminal, Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos and via their other branch offices within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, stories by fraudulently converting to your own use and benefit, several Helicopter spare parts some of which are namely (i)Integrated Instrument Display, (ii) Transceiver, (iii)Tcas, (iv)Valve Kit, (v)NG Dual Indicator, (vi)Symbol Generator, (vii)Tai| Rotor Servo, (viii)Tai| Rotor Blade, and (ix)Fuel Control Unit (FCU), (X)Antenna Radar, (xi)Display Unit, property of Bristol Helicopters Nigeria Limited and valued at the sum of Forty-Six thousand, Nine Hundred and forty USD dollars ($46,940).”
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The prosecutor also alleged that the defendants forged a company incorporation registration name and used a fake company Sammy Global Ltd to export and sell the helicopter parts.
“That you Anietie Feiix Obong and others at large, between the year 2016 and 2017 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, knowingly made false registered incorporation name and documents, titled ‘Sales Invoice’ and ‘Export Invoice’ in the company name of ‘Sammy Global Limited’ with fraudulent intent that it may be acted upon as genuine within Lagos and elsewhere, and used it to export and sell several Helicopter spare parts abroad to the prejudice of the owners of the said spare parts, Bristol Helicopters Nigeria Limited, and any other person.” the charge reads.
The offences according to the police is contrary to sections 383(1) and 390(9) of the Criminal Law Code, Cap. C38, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
The accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges a development which made Benedict to urge the court to remand them in prison pending trial.
Lawyer to Obong and Okpoho, Alli Abbah prayed the court for short adjournment to enable him filed bail applications on behalf of his clients.
Counsel to Dottie, Tope Temokun also made the same prayer.
Justice Ogala in a short ruling, adjourned the matter till September 11, to entertain the bail applications.
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