Oil Theft: How police officer connived with vandals – EFCC

Justice Chukwu after listening carefully to the witness adjourned the case to May 28 for continuation of trial.

A forensic analyst with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Muktar Bello, on Thursday told a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja how Dodo Bulus, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP, connived with vandals to break pipelines and siphon crude oil.

Mr. Muktar, who was led in evidence by EFCC counsel, Salisu Majidadi, told the court, presided over by Justice E. S. Chukwu, how forensic examination of the mobile phones of the accused persons established their complicity in the crime. He said he conducted the examination using a cellebrite device.

A cellebrite device, according to the witness, “is a forensic extraction device commonly used by law enforcement agencies, military and corporate security agencies in over sixty countries of the world. The device has an in-built mechanism that protects the data extracted which is automatically transferred to a computer”.

The EFCC witness further told the court that his findings established that there was communication between Mr. Bulus and a suspected vandal, Joseph Amaechi, who is currently standing trial in a sister case before the same court.

Part of the report of Mr. Muktar’s findings, which was tendered and admitted as exhibit, reads: “that Joseph Amaechi received a text from Dodo Chilla Bulus regarding information that vandals are to operate tonight, February 13, 2013 at 7.43pm”.

Justice Chukwu after listening carefully to the witness adjourned the case to May 28 for continuation of trial.

Mr. Bulus is being prosecuted by the EFCC on a 2-count charge bordering on oil theft and pipeline vandalism.


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