A Lagos Federal High Court has fixed the trial of two fuel station dealers, Lookman Onabanjo and Lukman Eluku, Chief Executive Officers of Bugon Oil and Gas Limited, and Gaffa Oil and Gas Limited, who were charged before the court for allegedly dealing in petroleum products loaded from vandalised pipelines, till November 10.
Other charged alongside the fuel dealers were; Sani Idris, 34, and Bode Jonah, 39, while one Solomon Afolabi, 30; and Adesimisola Ogunsanya, 36.
The court presided by Justice Mohammed Yunusa, fixed the accused persons’ trial date after ruling on their bail applications filed by the accused persons through their lawyer, Mr. McAnthony Aikharialea.
The six accused persons were admitted to bail in the sum of N3 million with two sureties in the same like sum.
The sureties according to the judge must have landed property with Certificate of Occupancy, C of O, within the jurisdiction of the court, who must have paid three years tax and be deposed to affidavit of means.
The judge also ordered that the prosecutor must verify the C of O and other documents.
He adjourned the trial till November 10.
They were arraigned before Justice Mohammed Yunusa led-court on charges bordering on unlawful dealing in petroleum products belonged to Pipeline and Product Marketing Company and they did so without appropriate licence.
In the charge filed against Onabanjo and his co-accused, the police prosecutor, Mathew O. Omosun, had alleged that the accused were on August 15, 2015, caught with 16,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit loaded in several 50 litres jerry cans.
And another 25,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit, into a Mercedes truck with registration number APP 04 QX.
The prosecutor informed the court that the petroleum product, which the accused dealt in, belonged to Pipeline and Product Marketing Company, PPMC and they did so without appropriate licence. And said that the petroleum products are worth N3.150 million.
The offences according to the prosecutor are punishable under section 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17 of the Revised Edition, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, Act, 2007, and punishable under Section 17(b) of the same Act.
However, Onabanjo and his co-accused had pleaded not guilty to the charges. Upon their plea of innocence, the prosecutor urged the court to remand them in prison pending trial.
However, the counsel for the defendants, Mr. McAnthony Aikharialea, who informed the court that he had filed a bail application for his clients, and urged the court to grant it in liberal terms, opposed the prosecutor’s remand application.

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