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Chinese language ship hijack: 10 ‘pirates’ know bail destiny July 28

Robert Egbe

A Federal Excessive Court docket sitting in Lagos Monday adjourned until July 28 to rule on the bail functions filed by 10 individuals suspected of hijacking a Chinese language fishing vessel, FV Hai Lu Feng II, final Could.

Justice Ayokunle Faji fastened the date after taking arguments from their counsel and responses from the Legal professional-Basic of the Federation (AGF).

The defendants are: Frank Abaka, Jude Ebaragha, Shina Alolo, Joshua Iwiki, David Akinseye, Ahmed Toyin, Shobajo Saheed, Adekole Philip, Matthew Masi and Brilliant Agbedeyi.

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They’re standing trial on three counts of hijacking the vessel in worldwide waters off Cote D’Ivoire.

The federal government instructed the court docket that the defendants “whereas armed with weapons, dedicated an unlawful act of violence in opposition to the crew on board FV Hai Lu Feng II belonging to Haina Fishing Firm by placing them in concern in an effort to take management of the vessel.”

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They have been arrested in Could this 12 months by the Nigerian Navy, which handed them over to the federal government.

The defendants, who all pleaded not responsible throughout their arraignment, have been remanded within the Navy’s custody.

In shifting their bail functions, the defendants’ attorneys, Omoniyi Aruwayo; Joe Nwoke and Monday Mawah, prayed the court docket to grant the defendants bail pursuant to Sections 164 and 165 of the Administration of Felony Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 and Sections 35(4) and 36 of the Structure of Nigeria, 1999.

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However Mrs. Kehinde Bode Ayeni, who represented the AGF, opposed him.

She prayed the choose to refuse the functions and order for accelerated listening to of the matter.

Justice Faji adjourned until July 28, for ruling.

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