Federal Government arraigns 12 suspected oil thieves aboard Cameroon-bound vessel
Written by Joey Shekwonuzhibo on July 24, 2023
In the opening stages of the news, you’ll hear that the Federal Government has arraigned 12 suspected oil thieves in connection with the intercepted Cameroon-bound vessel laden with 150 metric tonnes of stolen crude oil.
The vessel, MT TURA II, was intercepted on July 7 on Escravos Sea in Delta State with 11 Nigerians and one Ghanaian on-board.
The military, on July 11, set the vessel ablaze at a creek close to Bennett Island in the Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.
The Federal Government arraigned the 12 suspected oil thieves before the Federal High Court in Asaba.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty when two counts contained in a charge sheet were read to them before Justice F.A. Olubanjo who declined their oral bail application.