Top Logistics Firm, Seven Others Accused of Stealing N100m NIPP Transmission Equipment

Top Logistics Firm, Seven Others Accused of Stealing N100m NIPP Transmission Equipment

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A federal high court in Lagos has fixed 31st of October, 2023, for the trial of a popular logistics company, Jokapat Advanced Logistics & Trade Operation Centre Limited of 22, Wharf Road, Apapa, Lagos State and seven other defendants, alleged to have stolen two containers containing disassembled steel electricity transmission towers worth 100 milion.

In a four count amended charge filed before Justice Abimbola Awogboro, by the two prosecuting counsel from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and minister of Justice, E.K. Ugwu and O.O. Fakolujo it was alleged that Jokapat Advance Logistics & Trade Centre Ltd; Patrick Ocheme, Michael Ashiru, Gbolahon Samuel, Kayode Oyebanji, Nurudeen Olanrewaju Abiola and Vincent Sammy 

(now at large), sometime in October, 2021, at 2nd Rainbow, along Mile 2, Oshodi Express Road, Lagos, did conspire among themselves to divert two 20-feet containers with Nos: MEDU 6336802 and MEDU 6513169, worth over one hundred million, each containing disassembled steel electricity transmission towers meant for National Integrated Power Project (NIPP), that were procured by the federal government of Nigeria and meant for the Ikom and Obudu sites in Cross River State.

The containers were said to have been moved with a truck with Registration No. XLE-127-XA, to Owode Onirin, Mile 12, Kosofe Local Government Area of Lagos State, where it was sold to some people, thereby committing an offence punishable under section 516 of the Criminal Code Act, Cap. C38, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 (As Amended).

In count three of the criminal charge, Mutiu Lawal (a.k.a. ‘Are’), Ahmed Olanrewaju Azeez (a.k.a ‘Owoegbe’) and others at large, sometime in October, 2021, at Owode Onirin, Kosofe Local Government Area, Lagos State, received the said stolen steel electricity transmission equipment.