The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, today, has arraigned a Deputy Comptroller of Prisons, Wure Wisdom Diete and his accomplice, Peter Ayamede, a Senior Inspector of Prisons before Justice C.O Ogisi of the Delta State High Court, Asaba on a 4- count charge bordering on conspiracy and stealing.
The two accused who are attached to Ogwashi-Uku Prison, Delta State, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The duo were arrested for allegedly tampering with a forfeited exhibit left in the custody of the prison service at Ogwashi-Uku for safe keeping. The exhibit in question is 27, 200 litres of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) valued at about N4, 020,000.00 loaded in a truck with registration number Enugu XN 789 ENU, and forfeited to the federal government in a case decided by Justice C.M.A Olatoregun- Ishola of the Federal High Court, Asaba.
Investigations revealed that the petroleum product was siphoned and replaced with water. Deputy Comptroller Diete allegedly authorized the illegal sale of the products.
In view of their plea, the prosecuting counsel, A. I Arogha prayed the court for an accelerated hearing. However, the defense counsel, C O. Egwuenu presented an oral bail application for the accused persons but the court directs that the application be formalized.