Fourteen casual workers of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) accused of vandalising petroleum pipes to siphon crude oil for sales to foreigners have been sent to Kuje Prison on remand.
The defendants arrested by a unit of the Guards of Brigade of the Nigerian Army with 14 tankers loaded with crude oil were sent to the prison by Justice Evon Chukwu after the federal government put them on trial on economic sabotage related offenses.
They will remain in the prison custody until May 23 when the Federal High Court trying them would determine their fate on their bail applications.
In the four count criminal charges proffered against them by the federal government, they were accused of conspiracy and felony involving wilful and malicious breaking of oil pipeline meant for the transportation of crude oil.
They are also accused of dealing in crude oil sales without lawful authority or license.
They however pleaded not guilty to the charges