3 fishermen charged with illegal dealing in petroleum products in Lagos

A Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday remanded three fishermen in prison custody over alleged unlawful dealing in petroleum products.

The accused – Tijani Gbadamosi, 48; Adelake Akininbosun, 54; Kenneth Okoria, 39 — are standing trial on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy and unlawful dealing in petroleum products.

The Prosecutor, DSP Mathew Omosun, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Aug. 27 at Ijanikin area of Lagos.

He said the accused loaded 700 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) worth N546, 000 into a truck with registration no. YB 200 EKY without a licence.

Omosun alleged that the accused had the intention of distributing and selling to the public the petroleum product, property of the Pipeline and Products Marketing Company (PPMC).

The alleged offences, he said, contravened Sections 1(7), (a), 3(6) and 17(b) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Laws of the Federation 2007.

The trio pleaded innocent but the prosecutor urged the court to remand them in prison custody pending commencement of trial.

Counsel to the accused, Mark-Anthony Akariele, however, informed the court that he would formally file a bail application.

Justice Mohammed Yunusa adjourned the case till Sept.11 for hearing of the bail application.

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