The Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, November 2, 2023, arraigned Morris Karinane before Justice P .I. Ajoku of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The defendant was arraigned on a one-count charge bordering on alleged illegal dealing in petroleum products without a requisite license.
The commission posted this on its Facebook page on Friday, November 3.
The charge reads: “That you, Morris Gbiki Karinane on July 15, 2023, at Krakrama Waterways in Rivers State, within the jurisdiction of this court, without lawful authority to deal in petroleum product, dealt in unspecified quantity of Automotive Gasoline Oil laden in a wooden boat and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(17)(a) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap. M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Punishable Section 1(17)(b) of the same Act”.
The defendant pleaded “not guilty” to the charge when it was read to him.
Justice Ajoku ordered that the defendant be remanded at the Port Harcourt Correctional Service pending the hearing of bail applications.
The matter was adjourned till November 6, 2023, for hearing of the bail application.
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