3rd July, 2012
Five clearing and forwarding agents were on Monday arraigned before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, charged with stealing large quantities of frozen fish worth N16 million
The defendants, Uawuchola Friday (36), Joshua Mairinga (48), Nwabueze Ogbonna (28), Anslem Ikeokwu (39) and Eze Humphery (40) – are facing a four-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and receiving stolen property.
The prosecutor, ASP Innocent Effiong, alleged that the defendants stole a 40-foot container with 1,400 cartons of fish belonging to Femi Olawoore.
The prosecutor said that the defendants stole the fish-laden container at Apapa port on March 14 and sold the consignment to Eze Humphery.
According to the prosecutor, the offences contravened Sections 285, 326 and 409 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State, 2011.
The defendants pleaded not guilty.
Magistrate Adesola Ikpatt granted the defendants a bail of one million naira each and adjourned the case to August 1 for mention.