The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned 19 suspects before Justice Rilwan Aikawa of the Federal High Court, sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy and dealing in petroleum product without licence.
The suspected illegal oil dealers are: Ayeni John, Emmanuel Tosu, Emopin Monein, Malade Aiyetimiyi, Odroja Ojune, Ikedehinbu Idowu, Abogun Ota, Elamah Augustine, Olarotimi Elikanah and ThankGod Benjamin.
Others are: Abbas Friday, Victor Goldsmith, Gbenga Thomas, Ibane Austine, Idowu Surprise, Asemia Thomas, Agbayoh Lawrence, Salihu Malik and Ayetiniyi Ademola.
They were arrested with two fibre boats, laden with petroleum products from a hijacked vessel, MT Mama Elizabeth, by the Nigerian Navy on August 30, 2018 in Lagos and some parts of Ondo State and handed over to the Commission for further investigation and prosecution.
EFCC spokesperson, Tony Orilade noted that at the point of arrest, the sum of N3, 500,000.00 only, which was suspected to be proceeds from the sales of the illegally acquired products, was found on the suspects.
One of the counts reads: “that you, Ayeni John, Emmanuel Tosu, Emopin Monein, Malade Aiyetimiyi, Odroja Ojune, Ikedehinbu Idowu, Abogun Ota, Elamah Augustine, Olarotimi Elikanah, ThankGod Benjamin, Abbas Friday, Victor Goldsmith, Gbenga Thomas, Ibane Austine, Idowu Surprise, Asemia Thomas, Agbayoh Lawrence, Salihu Malik and Ayetiniyi Ademola, between August and September 2018, in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired amongst yourselves to commit an offence to wit: dealing in about 21,840 litres of Automotives Gas Oil(AGO) without appropriate licence and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and punishable under Section 1(17) of the same Act.”
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.
In view of their plea, the prosecution counsel, Mohammed Idris, asked for a trial date and prayed the court to remand them in prison custody.
However, counsel to the defendants, O.S. Odueso, told the court that he had a pending application for bail on behalf of his clients.
Justice Aikawa ordered the defendants to be remanded in prison custody, and adjourned the matter sine-die, “an open date that will be communicated to both counsels” for the hearing of the bail application and commencement of trial.
Edo House Of Commotion And NASS Intervention
The unending supremacy battle for the soul of Edo State House of Assembly between Governor Godwin Obaseki and his predecessor...
Govs Laud US Food Security Initiative, Assistance
Governors of 11 states of the federation yesterday in Abuja commended the United States government for its assistance in ensuring...
Laundered Funds Used To Finance Terrorism – PMB
President Muhammadu Buhari has drawn a nexus between the security challenges facing Nigeria and other African countries and laundered funds,...
The 18 Women Holding Out Against 451 Men In 9th NASS
The National Assembly has a total of 469 lawmakers elected from all the 36 states of the federation and the...
World Bank To Support More Projects In Kogi
The World Bank Group yesterday pledged more support for Kogi State to facilitate its development and eradicate poverty among the...
Zamfara Gov Lauds NAF Over Bandits Negotiation
Zamfara State governor, Dr Bello Matawale, has commended the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) for the role it played in helping...
Court Adjourns Hearing On El-Zakzaky’s Application For Medical Trip
Kaduna State High Court yesterday adjourned hearing in the application for permission to travel to India for medical attention filed...
NEWS15 hours ago
JUST IN: APC Expels National Vice Chair Over Anti-party
NEWS13 hours ago
I Defiled My 15-year-old Daughter To Protect Her, Says Night Guard
NEWS21 hours ago
Yoruba Youths Back Northern Elders On Return Of Herdsmen
NEWS15 hours ago
Man Bails Girlfriend Arrested For Biting His Manhood In Lagos
METRO12 hours ago
Sanwo-Olu, Fashola, Harp On Multimodal Transportation System In Nigeria
NEWS13 hours ago
Order To Shut Down Edo State House Of Assembly Is Unconstitutional – PDP
OPINION21 hours ago
Is Kogi Going The Way Of Zamfara?
NEWS20 hours ago
Major Defeat In Trump Impeachment Bid