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EFCC Arraigns Two Over Oil Theft

Posted: Mar 15, 2016 at 10:13 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday March 14, 2016 arraigned Noel Akpan, Managing Director of Digie Global Marine Service Limited, Emmanuel Ndubuisi Morah, Managing Director of Rocky Oil & Gas Services Limited, and a Vessel, MT Europoort before Justice H. A. Nganjiwa on a 3-count charge bordering on Conspiracy and Illegal dealing in Petroleum Product.

The accused persons were arrested on June 2, 2015 by officials of Joint Task Force (JTF) Operation PULO SHIELD Yenagoa, while on routine patrol. The vessel was laden with about 15,000 metric tones of petroleum product suspected to be AGO, was intercepted at Forupa Waterways, Bayelsa State.

The crew on board the vessel had no valid clearance to sail in the territorial waters of Nigeria and there was no document whatsoever to cover the voyage, transaction and the vessel.

The suspects and the vessel, were handed over to EFCC for further investigation and possible prosecution.

They pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them.

In view of their plea, the prosecution counsel, J. N. Dogonyaro, asked for a date to commence trial. However, the defense counsel, S. A. Somiari, prayed the court to admit the defendants to bail. Justice Nganjiwa granted the defendants bail in the sum of N1,000,000.00 (One Million Naira) each with 2 sureties each in like sum. One of the sureties must be civil servant with grade level 12 and above while the second surety must have a landed property within the jurisdiction of the court. The sureties must be recommended by the defense counsel and provide 3 years tax clearance with a written undertaken to produce the defendants throughout the trial.

The case was adjourned to May 17, 2016 for trial while the defendants were remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of their bail terms.