An Inspector of Police, Lukeman Rabiu, and two other persons were on Wednesday, arraigned before a Federal High Court, Lagos, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for tampering with oil pipeline.
Other accused persons are: Bashorun Sunny Eke, Waliu Tella, and Bashorun Eke’s hotel, Glonik Hotel Limited.
The EFCC in an amended charge marked FHC /L/403c/17, alleged that the three accused persons had on October 4, 2017, at 31, Social Club road, Oko Oba, Lagos, conspired among themselves to commit felony to wit: malicious tampered with pipeline.
The hotelier, Bashorun Sunny Eke, was alleged to have used his hotel, Glonik Hotel Limited, situated at 31, Social Club road, Oko-Oba, Lagos, for tampering with oil pipeline.
The offences according to the EFCC prosecutor, Mr. Murtala Usman, are contrary to sections 3 (6), 1 (7)(a) and (b) and punishable under sections 1(7)(a) and (b) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act. Cap. M17, laws of the federation of Nigeria, 2004.
The offence is also contrary to and punishable under section 3 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other related offences Act, 2006.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Due to their pleas, their lawyers, who includes: Jude Ehide, Ayodele Olaniyi, and Frank Eke, urged the court to admit their clients bail in the most liberal terms.
The prosecutor, Mr. Usman, told the court that his commission did not file any counter to the first accused person’s bail application,he however said that he has replied to the applications of second and third accused persons.
Ruling on the bail applications, the presiding judge, Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo, admitted the first accused, Bashorun Eke bail in the sum of N2 million, with two sureties in the sum of N1 million each. While admitted bail to the second and third accused in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in the sum of N1 million each.
The judge also ordered that the accused persons to deposit their international passport with the Court’s Deputy Chief Registrar (DCR), and that each of the sureties must swear to an affidavit of means, and have their Bank’s details, phone numbers, home and office addresses verified by the prosecutor.
Justice Oguntoyinbo Alao ordered that the sureties must show to court evidence of three years tax payment.
The accused persons were ordered to be remanded in prisons custody pending the perfection of bail terms. While adjourned the matter till January 10 and 18, 2018, for trial.
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