Seven staff of Dangote Sugar Refinery and a businessman were on Monday arraigned before a Lagos High Court, Ikeja, for stealing N451 million belonging to the company.
They were arraigned on an eight-count charge of conspiracy, stealing, forgery and presentation of false documents before vacation judge, Justice Sedoten Ogunsanya.
The defendants were – Musa Sule, Joseph Ukpah, Babatunde Ajao, Chinedu Onyekwere, Ezekiel Omoro, Rahman Alayande and Odion Abugba.
The businessman, Habib Mande and his company El-Habib Property Nigeria Limited, were arraigned alongside the staff of the sugar company.
Two other staff, Zainab Adebanjo and Manir Mohammed, have been declared wanted by officers of the Special Fraud Unit (SFU), Ikoyi, Lagos.
When the charges were read, the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them by the state prosecutor, Mr. E.A Jackson.
Justice Ogunsanya noted that the defendants were still on administrative bail as she ordered that they remain on the bail conditions and adjourned the case till September 22.