Three businessmen, Anietei Obong, Akaninyene Okpoho and James Dottie have been remanded in prison custody for stealing parts of an helicopter belong to Bristol Helicopter Nigeria Ltd.
The trio were arraigned today by the Special Fraud Unit of the Nigeria Police before Justice Oyindamola Ogala of the Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja.
Police prosecutor, Bennett Benedict alleged that the three businessmen stole parts of the helicopter worth $50,000 at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport Lagos.
According to Benneth, the defendant’s and others at large, sometimes between 2016 and 2017 at Muritala Mohammed Airport, conspired to commit felony by stealing several helicopter spare parts.
Part of the charge reads “That you Anietie Felix Obong, Akaninyene Mfon Okpoho, James Emiojere Dottie and others at large, sometimes between the year 2016 and 2017, at the principal head office premises of Bristol HeliCOpters Nigeria Limited at the General Aviatibn Terminal, Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos and via their otherbranch offices within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, stoie by fraudulently converting to your own use and benefit, several Heiicopter spare parts some of which are namely (i)Integrated InstrUment Display, (ii) Transceiver, (iii)Tcas, (iv)Valve Kit, (v)NG Dual Indicator, (vi)Symbo| Generator, (vii)Tai| Rotor Servo, (viii)Tai| Rotor Blade, and (ix)Fuel Control Unit (FCU), (X)Antenna Radar, (xi)Dispiay Unit, property of Bristol Helicopters Nigeria Limited and valued at the sum of Forty-Six thousand, Nine Hundred and forty USD dollars ($46,940).”
The prosecutor also alleged that the defendant forged a company incorporation registration name and used a fake company Sammy Global Ltd to export and sell the helicopter parts.
“That you Anietie Feiix Obong and others at large, between the year 2016 and 2017 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, knowingly made false registered incorporation name and documents, titled ‘Sales Invoice’ and ‘Export Invoice’ in the company name of ‘Sammy Global Limited’ with fraudulent intent that it may be acted upon as genuine within Lagos and elsewhere, and used it to export and sell several Helicopter spare parts abroad to the prejudice of the owners of the said spare parts, Bristol Helicopters Nigeria Limited, and any other person.” the charge reads.
The offences according to the police is contrary to section 383(1) and 390(9) of the Criminal Law Code, Cap. C38, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
The defendants however pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Benedict urged the court to remand the defendants in prison custody pending trial.
The defense counsel to Obong and Okpoho, Mr. Alli Abbah however asked for short adjourned date to enable him filed bail application on behalf of his clients.
Counsel to Dottie, Mr. Tope Temokun also alligned himself with the prayer of Mr. Abbah.
Justice Ogala in a short ruling granted their prayer and adjourned the matter till September 11, to hear and rule on the bail application.