Three Nigerians, two Ghanaians remanded in prison for alleged oil theft

Oil ship
Oil ship used to illustrate the story. [Photo credit: Livemint]

A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court on Thursday remanded three Nigerians and two Ghanaians in prison over an alleged theft of 250 metric tonnes of petroleum products

The accused are Shadrack Eneogwu, Ojo Christopher, Atolagbe Hakeem, and Daniel Oluwatobi, and their Ghanaian colleagues, John Kwane Amissah and Jonathan Kumah Tetteh.

They were arraigned alongside a vessel, MT Queen of Peace, and two firms, Macchalis International Limited and Ayoknok Ventures Limited before Hadiza Rabiu-Shagari, the judge.

One other accused person, Shadrack Eneogwu, is still at large, according to the prosecution, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

In the charge marked FHC/L/203c/18, the EFCC alleged that the accused persons had on November 9, 2017, conspired among themselves and unlawfully dealt in 130 metric tonnes of Low Pour Fuel Oil (LPFO) and 120 Metric Tonnes of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) without the appropriate licence.

The offences according to the prosecutor, Idris Mohammed, are contrary to sections 3 (6) and 1(7) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and punishable under Section 1(17) of the same Act.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.

After their plea of innocence, their lawyers, Olalekan Ojo and Dorothy Bassey, told the court they are yet to file bail application as they had just received the charge few minutes to the arraignment of their clients.

They pleaded with the court for a short adjournment to enable them to file their applications.

Ms Rabiu-Shagari ordered that the accused persons be remanded at Ikoyi Prisons till June 26 when their bail applications will be heard.

The Counts

Count 1: MT Queen of Peace, Mackter Fender Limited, Macchalis International Limited, Ayoknok Ventures Limited, Shadrack Eneogwu, Ojo Olagoke Christopher, Atolagbe Hakeem, Daniel Noan Oluwatobi, John Kwane Amissah and Jonathan Kumah Tetteh, on the 9th day of November, 2017 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, conspired amongst yourselves to commit an offence to wit: dealing in 130 Metric Tonnes of Low Pour Fuel Oil (LPFO) and I20 Metric Tonnes of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) without appropriate licence and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and punishable under Section 1(17) of the same Act.

Count 2: MT Queen of Peace, Mackter Fender Limited, Macchalis International Limited, Ayoknok Ventures Limited, Shadrack Eneogwu, Ojo Olagoke Christopher, Atolagbe Hakeem, Daniel Noan Oluwatobi, John Kwane Amissah and Jonathan Kumah Tetteh, on 9th day of November, 2017, in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, without appropriate licence dealt with 130 Metric Tonnes of Low Pour Fuel Oil (LPFO) and 120 Metric Tonnes of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and thereby committed an offence contrary and punishable under Section 1 (7) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

COUNT 3: MT Queen of Peace, Mackter Fender Limited, Macchalis International Limited, Ayoknok Ventures Limited, Shadrack Eneogwu, Ojo Olagoke Christopher, Atolagbe Hakeem, Daniel Noan Oluwatobi, John Kwane Amissah and Jonathan Kumah Tetteh, on or about the 9th day of November, 20I7 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court. without appropriate licence stored 130 Metric Tonnes of Low Pour Fuel (LPFO) and 120 Metric Tonnes of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) in MT Queen of Peace, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 4 of the Petroleum Act, Cap P10, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.


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