EFCC arraigns suspected oil thief

The suspect is being arraigned on a three count charge of pipeline vandalism and illegal dealing in petroleum products.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday arraigned one John Nwachukwu before Justice S. M Shuaibu of the Federal High Court, Owerri, Imo State on three-count charge of pipeline vandalism and illegal dealing in petroleum products.

Mr. Nwachukwu was arrested on November 7, 2011 by soldiers of the 34 Brigade Garrison, Owerri, who were on internal security duties at Okpuoma Village in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State.

He was arrested with over 22,000 liters of bunkered fuel in seven surface tanks. A Volvo car with Registration Number: Imo AA 08 EHM, with some jerry cans filled with bunkered fuel in his custody was also impounded.

The case was transferred to the EFCC for further investigation and prosecution.

When the charge was read to the accused, he pleaded not guilty.[nggallery id=56]

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