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A Chief Magistrate court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has remanded 43 years old Fortune Ifi in prison custody over alleged vandalism and destruction of crude oil pipeline belonging to Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC).

The oil facility is located at Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Mr. Ifi and others still at large, were arraigned in court by the Department of State Services (DSS), over conspiracy, vandalism and setting ablaze of crude oil pipelines between December 2015 and April 2016, at Okwuzi and Mgbede of ONELGA.

The accused person who is facing a five count charge in suit number PMC/821c/16 could not take plea as the court lacks jurisdiction to try the matter.

Part of the charge reads: “That you, Fortune Ifi, and others still at large, sometime between December, 2015 and April, 2016, did threaten to vandalize and sabotage Crude Oil pipelines belonging to Nigeria Agip, thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (a) and punishable under Part VI, Section 33 of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011.

“That you, Fortune Ifi, male, adult and others still at large, on or about the 13th day of April, 2015, at Okwuzi in Ogba/Egbema/ Ndoni LGA, within the jurisdiction of this court, did conspire to commit felony to wit: vandalism and burning of Crude Oil Pipeline belonging to Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC), thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 516 of the Criminal Code Act (Cap C 38), Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

“That you, Fortune Ifi, male, adult and others still at large, sometime between February and March 2016 at Mgbede Field, in Ogba/Egbema/ Ndoni LGA, within the jurisdiction of this court, did vandalise a Crude Oil Pipeline belonging to Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC), thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (iii), and punishable under Part VI, Section 33 of Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011.”

Mr. Chidi S. Eze prosecuted the matter. However, the trial Chief Magistrate, BMF Jamabo, has directed that the case file be remitted to the Director of Public Prosecution for legal advice, while the accused be remanded in the prison custody.

The matter was adjourned to June 13, 2016 for the report of compliance.

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