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Oil Bunkering: Court Assumes Jurisdiction Over Foreigners’ Case

Channels Television  
Updated June 18, 2015

court on oil thievesA Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos has assumed jurisdiction over the case of 14 foreigners alleged to have been involved in illegal oil bunkering and have been arraigned before Justice Ibrahim Buba.

The accused had on Wednesday, through their counsel, Babajide Koku (SAN), asked the court to dismiss the charges against them for lack of jurisdiction to hear the charges.

The foreigners made up of eight Filipinos, three Russians and three Ukrainians, also claimed that they were not involved in any illegal activity.

Following Thursday’s ruling, the trial commenced immediately with the court taking the testimony of the Arresting Officer, a Captain of the Nigerian Navy, Chidozie Okehie.

The court thereafter adjourned the case to June 23 for cross examination of the Captain.

Meanwhile, another set of nine foreigners and their vessel have been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before the same court on a 4-count of illegally dealing in petroleum products.

The offence was said to have been committed on March 27.