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Court Imprisons 3 Businessmen For Stealing Helicopter Parts



Justice Oyindamola Ogala of the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja, yesterday, remanded three businessmen, Anietei Obong, Akaninyene Okpoho and James Dottie, in prison custody for allegedly stealing parts of an aircraft belonging 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, sometime 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, sometime 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, stole 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 $46,940.” 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

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