The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned four Dangote staffs — Adewale Dalmeida, Ibrahim Lawal, Afeez Olaniba and Lukman Adam — before Justic O.J. Bamgbose of the High Court of Ogun State, Abeokuta for alleged conspiracy and stealing to the tune of N15 million, Sahara Reporters reports.
The complainant, Dangote Cement, alleged that Dalmeida, a Fleet Analyst; Lawal, chief driver; Adam, a Ghanaian driver and Olaniba, who is an agent of a contractor to the company, diverted nine trucks carrying 800 bags of cement each valued at over N15 million.
Count on of the charges read: “That you Adewale Dalmeida, Ibrahim Lawal, Afeez Olaniba and Lukman Adam between May and August 2018 at Ibese within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired amongst yourselves to commit felony, to wit: stealing of the sum of N15,940,800.00 (fifteen million, nine hundred and forty thousand, eight hundred Naira) property of Dangote Cement Place.
“That you Adewale Dalmeida, Ibrahim Lawal, Afeez Olaniba and Lukman Adam between May and August 2018 at Ibese within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court stole nine trucks of cement valued at N15,940,800.00 (fifteen million, nine hundred and forty thousand, eight hundred Naira) property of Dangote Cement Place.”
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.
However, before the plea, a slight drama ensued as the defendants insisted they do not understand the English Language, necessitating the court to provide them three different persons who interpreted to them in Hausa, Yoruba and Pidgin English.
Following their not guilty pleas, counsel to the EFCC, Idris Mohammed, prayed the court to remand them in prison custody pending the commencement of their trial.
The defense counsel, however, made an oral application for their bail which the court rejected.
The counsel urged the court to grant bail or remand them in the custody of the EFCC where they have been since September.
Justice Bamgbose remanded all defendants in Ibara prison custody, Abeokuta and adjourned till December 17, 2018 for hearing of bail application and commencement of trial.