The Force Criminal Investigation Department on Tuesday arraigned eight men before a Federal High Court in Lagos, for allegedly tampering with electrical cables belonging to the Dangote Petrochemical and Oil Refinery.
The defendants who are said to staff members of the refinery are: Larry Irek, Pius Omeke, Jasper Dick, Gideon Idah, Ojey Jerry, Hassan Saidu, Igwe David and Nweke Chike.
The defendants are standing trial before Justice Peter Lifu on a two-count charge of conspiracy and unlawful removal of electricity cables.
They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
According to prosecution, the defendants committed the offences sometime in July at the Dangote Petrochemical and Oil Refinery Free Zone at Ibeju Lekki, Lagos.
The prosecutor, ACP Effiong Asuquo, alleged that the defendants conspired to unlawfully tamper wih the electric cables without authority.
He said that the defendants illegally removed the cables which were used for transmiting and converting electricity in the petrochemical refinery.
According to prosecution, the offences contravene the provisions of Sections 1(9) and 3 (6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act of 2004.
Defence counsel, Mr Anthony Makolo, informed the court that he had yet to file bail applications on behalf of the defendants, adding that he would do same before the next adjourned date.
Justice Lifu adjourned the case until Jan. 19, 2022, for hearing.
He ordered that the defendants should be kept at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre pending hearing and determination of their bail applications.