By Paul Sanusi
Justice Mojisola Olatoregun-Isola of the Federal High Court, in Lagos, has awarded N50,000 against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for dilly-dallying on the trial of suspects allegedly involved in oil bunkering. The court also fixed 19th October, 2016,for the trial of 10 accused persons, namely Abu Ali Jibia, Akume Surprise, Boglo Babatunde, Umar Mohammed, Nafiu Hussaini, Ibrahim Yakubu, Calvin Ajike, Alhassan Oseni, Kenneth Osei, and Korlee Uebari. Also arraigned with the suspects are a vessel and the three companies, namely MT Swordfish, Habourpoint Nigeria Limited, Chidodo Acess Oil & Gas Limited and Millennium Jetty and Marine Services Limited.
The accused are slammed with a five-count charge of conspiracy, unlawful dealing in Automated Gas Oil, (AGO), popularly called Diesel, unlawful distribution of adulterated petroleum products and dealing in sub-standard petroleum product.
EFCC claims the accused men, on or about May 22, 2013, stored and distributed adulterated diesel at Liberty Jetty, Marina, Lagos, without license. They were also accused of selling sub-standard diesel.
The accused pleaded not guilty and were admitted to bail.