Police Arraign Indian National For Vandalising Dangote Refinery’s Cable

 

 

Story By Gbenga Ogunbufunmi

 

An Indian National, Mr Nitheshi Kumar, has been arraigned before the Federal High Court, Lagos, for alleged vandalisation of some electric cables at the Dangote Petrochemical and Oil Refinery Project, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.

Nitheshi was arraigned before the court presided over by Justice Daniel Osiagor, by men of the Nigeria Police on a two count charge of conspiracy and unlawfully removal, tampering, meddling with and interfering with cables and assembly of wires meant to be used for converting electricity into the refinery.

The prosecutor, Mr. Effiong Asuquo, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), while arraigning the defendant on Monday, in a charge marked FHC/L/291c/2021, told the court that the defendant and an one other person, now at large, committed the offence on October 7, 2021.

ACP Asuquo told the court that the offences committed by the defendant are contrary to and punishable under section 3 (6) and 1(9) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap f Mi7 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

Following his not guilty plea, the prosecutor, ACP Asuquo, asked the court for a trial date, while he also asked the court to remand the defendant in prison custody pending the determination of the charge.

The defendant’s counsel, McAnthony A., informed the court that he was just briefed of the matter, and needed a little time to file the defendant’s bail application.

Justice Osiagor, after listening to the counsel’s submissions, adjourned the matter till November 19, for trial, while he ordered that the defendant be remanded in the custody of Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS).

The Charges Against The Defendant Reads: “That you Nitheshi Kumar and other person (now at large), on or about the 7th day of October 2021 at the Dangote Petrochemical and Oil Refinery Project, Idasho town, Ibeju-Lekki Lagos, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court did conspire to commit an offence, to wit, tampering with electric cables and you thereby commit an offence contrary to and punishable under section 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap f M17 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“That you Nitheshi Kumar, on the 7th day of October 2021 at the Dangote Petrochemical and Oil Refinery Project, Idasho town, Ibeju-Lekki Lagos, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court did unlawfully remove, tamper, meddle with and interfere with cables, wire or assembly of wires designed or used for transforming or converting electricity and you thereby commited an offence contrary to and punishable under section 1(9) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004”.

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