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9 Nigerians, 2 foreigners appear in court for adulterating cement

Eleven persons, including two foreigners yesterday  appeared before  a Lokoja Chief Magistrate’s Court for allegedly adulterating bags of cement with sand.

The Police Prosecutor, Mr Amanyi Ochepo told the court that the accused persons also repackaged the adulterated cement for sale to the public.

The accused persons are Christopher Martins, Ayo Joseph, Joseph Leyon, Emmanuel Nestol, Gabriel Abah, Ayodele Folounsho, Atiku Murtala, Obi Ossai, Charles Canice, Joel Sunday and Burka Hamidu.
Nestol and Leyon are said to be foreigners from Benin Republic.

Ochepo said that they were apprehended at Irepeni village on the Lokoja-Kabba road, near Obajana Cement Company along with their working tools.

He said that the accused persons mixed cement obtained from the nearby Dangote Cement Company with pulverised sharp sand, repackaged them and sold the product to unsuspecting buyers for N1,300.

Ochepo said that 112 bags of the adulterated cement, N93,000 cash, nose masks, and shovels, were recovered from the suspects at their illegal depot.

Also recovered from the accused persons were iron buckets, hand gloves and empty bags of a popular cement brand in the country.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges and their counsel, Mr Joseph Akubo and Liman Salihu, applied for bail for their clients, as the charges against them were not capital in  nature.

Ochepo told the court that investigation into the case was still on and urged the court not to grant bail to the accused persons and asked for an adjournment of the case.


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