EFCC arraigns six over unauthorised fishing

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) ON Wednesday arraigned six men accused of unauthorised fishing before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

The accused  were arraigned along with their company, Oshine Resources Ventures Limited.

The men, said to have been apprehended by the Nigerian Navy on March 27, 2014, were arraigned before Justice Ibrahim Buba on two counts bordering on the alleged offence.

The accused persons names were given as Adekunle Oshingbosi, Momodu Ibrahim, Idowu Tuesday, Yogbosi Christian, Benjamin Ayele and Anthony Mendeho.

In a charge tagged FHC/LG179C/2014, the EFCC alleged that the men fished in the Nigerian territorial waters without obtaining  lawful authority.

According to the commission, the accused  violated Sections 1(1)(2) of the Seas Fishery Act Cap S4, 2004 by their actions.

Consequent upon their arraignment, their lawyer, Mr. Kehinde Yekeen, reminded the court of a bail application filed on their behalf.

While moving the application, Yekeen pleaded with the court to admit the accused persons to bail in liberal terms, ‘especially in view of the poor health of some of them’.

The prosecution did not object to the application for bail.

Justice Buba admitted the six accused persons to a N10 million bail with one surety each, who is to produce two recent passport photographs.

The court ordered that the accused should be remanded in the Ikoyi prisons pending when they would perfect their bail conditions.?


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