Oil Theft: How Police Officer Connived With Vandals – EFCC Witness
A forensic analyst with the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, Muktar Bello, today May 22, 2014 told a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja how Dodo Chilla Bulus, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP, connived with vandals to break pipelines and siphon crude oil.
Muktar who was led in evidence by EFCC counsel, Salisu Majidadi told the court presided over by Justice E.S Chukwu how forensic examination of the mobile phones of the accused persons established their complicity the crime. He siad that he conducted the examination, using a cellebrite device.
Cellebrite device, according to the witness, â€œis a forensic extraction device commonly used by law enforcement agencies, military and corporate security agencies in over sixty countries of the world. The device has an in-built mechanism that protects the data extracted which is automatically transferred to a computerâ€.
The EFCC witness further told the court that his findings established that there was communication between the accused person, Bulus and a suspected vandal, Joseph Amaechi, who is currently standing trial in a sister case before the same court.
Part of the report of Muktarâ€™s findings which was tendered and admitted as exhibit reads: â€œthat Joseph Amaechi received a text from Dodo Chilla Bulus regarding information that vandals are to operate tonight, February 13, 2013 at 7.43pmâ€.
Justice Chukwu after listening carefully to the witness adjourned the case to May 28, 2014 for continuation of trial.
Bulus is being prosecuted by the EFCC on a 2-count charge bordering on oil theft and pipeline vandalism.
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