The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today, 27th July, arraigned five suspected oil thieves named Sokari Iminabo, Segun Olagunju, Uche Emmaneul, Obinna Ezinne and Tiny Patience before Justice I.J.Watilla of the Federal High Court, sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on a two count charge bordering on illegal dealing in petroleum products.
The suspects were arrested on 26 April, 2016 at Anyako waterside in Sama Community, Asari Toru Local Government, Rivers State by troops of the 130 Battalion of the Nigerian Army.
At the point of arrest, the suspects were in possession of a locally constructed metal tank, housed in a Man Diesel truck with registration number SOKOTO XA 614 BDN to convey illegally refined Automative Gasoline Oil (AGO) concealed in poultry feeds.
They pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.
Justice Watilla admitted them to bail on the following conditions: 1st defendant was granted bail in the sum of 2million Naira and two sureties in like sum. The sureties must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court. The 2nd, 3rd and 5th defendants were also granted bail in the sum of 2million Naira each and two sureties each in like sum, each surety must have a landed property within the jurisdiction of the court and one of the sureties must be a civil servant on grade level 10 and above.
The 4th defendant was also granted bail in the sum of 4million naira only and a surety in like sum. The defendant must deposit his International Passport with the court and report every Monday to sign attendance at the court’s registry.
The judge ordered that all the defendants be remanded in prison custody until they meet their bail conditions and adjourned the matter to 14 September, 2016 for hearing.