Justice Saliu Saidu of the Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday remanded 10 men accused by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) of illegally dealing in petroleum products in prison custody.

Justice Saidu gave the order after the accused persons were arraigned before him by the NSCDC on a two-count charge of conspiracy and illegal sales of petroleum products belonging to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The accused persons are: Tayo Balogun, Gbenga Kolapo, Wale Seriki, Segun Olabode, Yusuf Agoro, Lazarus John, Tunde Ayodeji, Sadie Balogun, Sunday Adebayo and Oshodi Aliu.

The prosecutor, O. Halima told the court that the accused persons on the 7th of May, 2014 at Oyingbo Jetty, Lagos conspired with others still at large by offering for sale petroleum products belonging to the NNPC without lawful authority.

The lawyer also informed the court that the accused persons illegally deal in petroleum products by offering for sale the products without licence and appropriate authority.

Halima, therefore, insisted that the accused persons have committed an offence punishable under sections 390 and 516 of the Criminal Code, 2004.

They pleaded not guilty to the charge. Justice Saidu adjourned the matter till June 17 for trial, while the accused persons are to remain in prison custody till their bail application is determined.


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