The accused persons pleaded not guilty.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Tuesday, arraigned 14 suspects before James Tsoho, Judge of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on a five-count charge bordering on illegal oil bunkering.
When the charges were read to the defendants, they all pleaded not guilty.
The accused are Abu Ali Jibia, Akume Surprise, Boglo Babatunde, Umar Mohammed, Nafiu Hussain, Ibrahim Yakubu, Calvin Ajike, Alhassan Oseni, Kenneth Osei, Korlee Uebari, Habourpoint Nigeria Limited, Chidodo Access Oil & Gas Limited and Millennium Jetty and Marine Services Limited.
The prosecuting counsel, A. B. C Ozioko, asked for a trial date and prayed the court to remand all the accused persons in prison with the exception of the 2nd accused who is the captain of the ship.
Mr. Ozioko prayed the court to remand the captain in EFCC custody for him to lead investigators to the vessel.
The defence counsel, Nelson Ohaji, while opposing the prayer of the EFCC counsel, informed the court that all the defendants had filed applications for bail and pleaded that they be remanded in EFCC custody if their applications were not considered.
Justice Tsoho adjourned the case to June 28, 2013 for hearing on bail applications and ordered that all the accused persons be remanded in Ikoyi prison with the exception of the 2nd accused person who was ordered to be remanded in EFCC custody.