The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned twenty-three suspected illegal oil bunkers, before Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on a 3-count charge bordering on conspiracy, illegal dealing and storage of petroleum products.
The suspects : Ala Atubokiki Ibanibo, Wole Ajayi, Adesunloye Alexander, Fani Kayode, Captain Daniel Lebile, Micheal Mgbanwa, Segun Ekundemi, Johnson Mashebinu, Ndidi Benjamin, Bright Nwaezuoke, Blessing Omoviye, Kayode Biboye Ireti, Chuks Isiwepkweni, Friday Nchikpa, Peter Bayo, Ubom Amos , Zuopamo Embiowei, Olabamerun Owolemi, Adams Husseini, Ebisingha Timmy, Godwin Oputeh, Ebimie Norwigeh (Still at large) and Olabamerin Damilola Smart ( at large), were arrested by the Nigerian Navy aboard MV Long Island, and handed over to the EFCC on December 14, 2015 for further investigation and prosecution.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to all the charges when they were read to them.
Justice Buba granted bail to the accused persons in the sum of N50m each and one surety in like sum. The surety must be a resident of Lagos with landed property within the jurisdiction of court.
The case was adjourned to March 23, 24, 25 and April 2, 2015 for commencement of trial.