A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday granted One Million Naira bail each for two Nigerians, one Beninese and four Ghanaians charged with dealing in petroleum products without licence.
The judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, also granted the accused persons one surety each in like sum and ordered that they be remanded in prison custody till their bail conditions were perfected.
He thereafter adjourned the case to Nov. 12 for trial.
The accused — Tola Kwami, Ameyon Sisieli, Jacob Apaloo, Setol Sunday, Senaya Edo, Michael Dansu and Moses David — are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and dealing in petroleum products without licence.
The prosecutor, Mrs Rita Ezeli, had told the court that the accused committed the offences at 10:00 p.m. on Aug. 7, in Topo community of Badagry area of Lagos.
She said the accused conspired with some others still at large to deal in and distribute petroleum products (petrol) without any lawful authority or appropriate licence.
Ezeli said that the offences contravened Section 1 (17) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Laws of the Federation, 2004.
“ I urge the court to remand the accused in prison custody pending trial,” she said.
Counsel to the accused, Mr McAnthony Aikharialea, urged the court to admit his clients to bail on liberal terms.
“The foreigners have lived in Nigeria for a long time. I promise the court that they will not jump bail if granted,’’ he said.