The Police in Lagos yesterday arraigned four persons before a Federal High Court, for alleged pipeline vandalism and illegal possession of petroleum products.
The accused, Rasaq Sofiu (32), Ahmed Bashorun (40), Nofiu Banjo (33) and Okonlawon Ojuleti (32) are standing trial on a three-count charge of conspiracy, vandalism and unlawful possession of petroleum products.
They all pleaded not guilty to the charge. The judge, Justice Mohammed idris however ordered the accused to be remanded at the Ikoyi prisons, and adjourned the case to June 28 for trial.
The prosecutor Mr Justin Enang had told the court that the accused, all resident at the Ikorodu area of Lagos, committed the alleged offence on April 15.
He told the court that the accused were apprehended by the police on the said day at Arepo at about 8am, with several gallons of petrol, allegedly obtained from a vandalised pipeline.