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Alleged Bunkering: Produce Retired Naval Officer On December 2, Court Orders EFCC

ACTING CHAIRMAN OF EFCC,  IBRAHIM MAGU

BY FRANCIS IWUCHUKWU 

IKOYI,  LAGOS STATE,  NIGERIA - Justice Muslim Sule Hassan of a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi,  Lagos State, Nigeria, on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to find out the whereabout of a retired Naval Officer, Captain Dada Labinjo and produce him before the court on December 2, 2019. 

Justice Muslim Sule Hassan arrived at the decision, during the arraignment of 12 persons, a vessel and two limited liability companies, over alleged illegal dealing on petroleum products.

Those charged before Justice Muslim Sule Hassan are: MT Adeline, Mrs. Bola Labinjo, Jonathan Abaka, alias Joy Boy, Charles Ikemefuna, Benjamin Gold Gageche, Hamzat Yakubu, Emmanuel Oputa, and peter Dung Pule.

Others include: Innocent Akpan, Kehinde Labinjo, Pius Matthew Paul, Onoja Emmanuel, Adeleke Hamed, Global Shipping Activities Bureau Limited and Labland and Sea Services Limited.

The defendants were arraigned before Justice Muslim Sule Hassan on two counts charge of conspiracy to commit felony to wit illegal dealing in petroleum products.

According to the charge,  the anti-graft agency alleged that all the defendants sometimes in 2018, within the Nigerian maritime domain and within the court's jurisdiction, conspired with Segun Sahiyu, Ogunmoyero Oluwaseun Eric, Akpan Friday Itoro, Mr. Richard, Captain Felix, Captain Jude, Engineer Teddy, Mr. Michael, MT Juko, Captain Dada Olaniyi Olabinjo, all said to be at large, to commit the alleged illegal act.

The alleged offence according to the EFCC are contrary to and punishable under Section 17(a) &(b) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap. M17, Laws of the federations of Nigeria (Revised edition) 2004.

But the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Trial on the matter has been adjourned until December 2, 2019

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