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7 suspected pirates docked

By princepointOctober 11, 2017, 02:34:48 AM
The trial of seven persons and vessel, arrested for alleged piracy and dealing in petroleum products without authorisation, continued, yesterday, before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

The defendants include the vessel, MT Dejikun, Umarama Ovuiro, Adesola Peter, Collins Harrison, Paul Adeyemi, Adedeji Joshua, Samuel Oluwafemi and Abdulrahman Kabir (also known as Tunde). They were arraigned before Justice Muslim Hassan. According to the prosecution, the defendants, on February 19, 2016 at the Nigerian coast, conspired to deal in petroleum products from the vessel without lawful authority. The defendants pleaded not guilty and were remanded in prison custody.

 At their trial yesterday, prosecuting counsel Mrs E. S. Osiade, a Senior State Counsel at the Federal Ministry of Justice, sought to tender statements made by the defendants after their arrest, but defence counsel objected to its admissibility on the ground that the statements were not made voluntarily. Following the defendants’ claim, Justice Hassan ordered a trial within trial to determine the statements’ voluntariness, but the Navy, insisted that the statements were obtained voluntarily after the defendants were duly cautioned. Testifying in the trial within trial, a Lieutenant Commander O. J. Adeyemi, noted that he took the statements and that none of the defendants was forced to write the statements, adding

 “I even bought food and drinks for two of the defendants at different times when they complained they were hungry. “They wrote their statements willingly and not under duress.” Meanwhile, the court adjourned till November 6 and 7 for continuation of trial within trial. The prosecution in the charge, said that the defendants, “while committing piracy, did transfer petroleum products from the MT Maximus vessel.”


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