29th March, 2011
Three months after their arrest, three Chinese nationals who allegedly vandalised an NNPC pipeline, were on Monday arraigned in Lagos.
The EFCC charged the trio before a Federal High Court, Lagos, on a four-count charge of conspiracy, malicious damage, tampering with NNPC pipeline and stealing 1,100 litres of fuel.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that accused â€” Guan Mang, Tony Yang and Lu Yandi â€“ entered a no-guilty plea while speaking through an interpreter.
The EFCC accused the men of committing the offence on Jan. 13 at Diamond Estate, Isheri, Lagos.
The prosecution counsel, Mr. Rotimi Oyedipo, urged the court to remand the accused in prison custody pending their trial.
However, the counsel to the accused, Mr. John Ololo, opposed the application, saying he had filed a motion for their bail.
He said since the accused had been granted â€œadministrative bailâ€ they should be allowed to continue to enjoy it.
â€œThe accused have been on EFCCâ€™s administrative bail and I urge the court to allow them to continue in the event their bail application is not heard,â€ Ololo said.
While adjourning the case till March 30 for the hearing of the bail application, Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako ruled that the accused should continue on the administrative bail.