Five Docked For Alleged Oil Theft

The Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 arraigned Enemo Okoria; Ebhofage Brown; Francis Dapagamo, a Tugboat DP28 and a company, Diesel Power Nigeria Limited before Justice J.K. Omotosho of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on two- count charges bordering on conspiracy and illegal dealing in petroleum product without appropriate licence.

They all pleaded “not guilty” to the charges when they were read to them. 

In view of their pleas,   prosecution counsel, J.N Dogonyaro prayed the court for a date to commence trial.  However, counsel to the defendants, Dionu Nnah for the 1st defendant, Peace Anucha for the 2nd defendant, G.C. Egule for the 3rd defendant and B.O Koko for the 4th & 5th defendants informed the court of bail applications already filed on behalf of their clients. 

Justice Omotosho adjourned the matter to March 18, 2021 for hearing of bail applications and ordered that the defendants be remanded in a Correctional Centre.

The defendants got into trouble when they were arrested alongside a Tugboat DP28 along Onne, Eleme, Rivers State on April 20, 2018 by Officers of the Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Pathfinder while transshipping  261, 000 litres of products suspected to be illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil, AGO, from the Tugboat  into a vessel:  MV Nazarene without requisite license or  authority to deal in petroleum products.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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