Court remands Indian in prison for ‘illegal bunkering’


By Innocent Anaba

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has remanded an Indian nationwide, Rahul Pathania in jail custody for allegedly dealing in 45 tons of petroleum merchandise illegally.

Trial choose, Justice Rilwan Aikawa ordered his remand following his plea of “guilty” to conspiracy and “not guilty” to 2 different associated counts of the cost introduced towards him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The accused, alongside a vessel, M.V Bount, have been arrested on January 31, 2020, on Nigerian waters, by the Nigerian Navy.

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Prosecution counsel, Usman Buhari alleged that the accused conspired to deal in “45 metric tons of petroleum products without the appropriate license.”

The offence violated Section 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, 2004, and was punishable below Section 1(7) of the identical Act, the prosecution had argued.

Given his plea, prosecution prayed the court docket for a date to begin trial and likewise requested that the accused be remanded in jail custody.

The court docket granted the prayer and adjourned until October 7, 2020, for trial.

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