*Instruments of justice.
12 May 2018, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt – A Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt has remanded in prison custody one John Orike Ahiakwu over alleged vandalism of oil facilities belonging to the Nigerian Agip Oil Company, NAOC.
The accused was alleged to have vandalised some NAOC facilities at Obirikom in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, on the 18th day of April, 2018.
Ahiakwu is being tried on a three count charge of vandalism of NAOC facilities with the intent to steal crude oil, an offence contrary to Section 1 of the Terrorism Prevention Act 2013, as amended.
He is also accused of conspiracy to commit a terrorist act, vandalising facilities of NAOC which is an offence contrary to Section 17 of the Terrorism Prevention Act 2013, amended.
Ahiakwu is further accused of taking crude oil from the Nigeria Agip Oil Company’s pipeline without license which is also contrary to section 7(a) Miscellaneous Offence Act LFN 2004.
The Chief Magistrate of Court 8, Sokari Dappa Andrew-Jaja, however, directed that the case file should be sent to the Director of Public Prosecution for legal advice while the accused is remanded in prison custody pending advice from DPP.