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Le961m oil theft at Blackhall Road power station…

EGTC staff remanded

September 29, 2015 By Hawa Amara

Two storekeepers – Umaru Daniel Kanu and Alimamy Kanu – and their co-staff at the Electricity Generation and Transmission Company (EGTC), John Estrada Jarrett, were yesterday remanded at the male correctional centre on Pademba Road for allegedly stealing 231 drums of gulf marine oil at the Blackhall Road  power station, valued a little over Le961 million.

The accused persons were arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda on two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony, to wit larceny by servant, and larceny by servant contrary to law.

The prosecutor alleged that the accused persons between 1 February and 30 September, 2014 stole 231 drums of gulf marine oil belonging to the EGTC at their substation at Blackhall Road, east of Freetown.

Lead defence counsel, Julian Cole, applied for bail on behalf of the accused persons, arguing that his clients had spent over 17 days in police cell.

But police prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent Raymond B. Dunnia, objected to the bail application on the premise that the offences under which the accused persons are being tried are very serious, adding that the matter is of public interest and that the quantum of money involved is huge.

Magistrate Kamanda refused the accused persons bail and adjourned the matter to 5 October.

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