21st March, 2011
Three Chinese nationals, Guan Ping Mang, Tony Yang and Lu Yandi alleged to have illegally tampered with oil pipelines were brought to aÂ Federal High Court in Lagos this morning.
As at the time of filling this report, it was not clear whether the court will sit today or not.
The presiding judge, Justice Binta Murtala Nyako was being awaited. Therefore, their arraignment today is in doubt.
However, according to a prepared four count criminal charge filed before the court in suit number FHC/L/87c/11 broughtÂ before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, legal officer A.M. Yusuf, it was alleged that on 13 January this year at Road 20, Block 11 Diamond Estate, Isheri, Lagos, the three accused Chinese citizens conspired and willfully and maliciously tampered with the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, underground pipeline for the transportation of refined petroleum.
The suspects were also accused of carrying 1,100 litres of petroleum without lawful authority and licence to do so.