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Unlawful oil dealings: three Nigerians despatched to jail

Justice Chuka Austine Obiozor of Federal Prime Courtroom, Ikoyi, on Thursday, convicted and sentenced Ometoruwa David, Morford Meteku and John Inneh to 1 yr in jail for conspiracy and illegally dealing in petroleum merchandise.

The trio had been prosecuted via the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) on three-count amended fees to which they pleaded in charge upon their re-arraignment.

On January 9, 2020, the Nigerian Army had arrested the convicts on board a vessel, MV Woman Sharon.

It was once illegally encumbered with 120 metric tonnes of substance suspected to be Car Gasoline Oil (AGO/diesel).

Probably the most fees learn: “That you simply, Ometoruwa David, Morford Meteku, and John Inneh, at the ninth day of January, 2020 in Lagos inside the jurisdiction of this honourable courtroom, with out suitable license saved 120 Metric Tonnes of Car Gasoline Oil (AGO) in MV Woman Sharon and thereby dedicated an offence opposite to Segment four of the Petroleum Act Cap P10 Rules of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.”

Idris Mohammed, the prosecuting recommend, stated despite the fact that the vessel was once registered with the Nigerian Maritime Management and Protection Company (NIMASA) and the Division of Petroleum Assets (DPR), its license and allow to deal in petroleum merchandise expired in 2018.

Peter Atabo, the defendants’ recommend, didn’t objection the details of the case and the shows.

Atabo, then again, pleaded for leniency on his purchasers.

Justice Obiozor pronounced the trio in charge as charged.

He famous that upon a appraisal of all proof and details, the prosecution proved the fees past cheap doubt.

Obiozor sentenced them to 1 yr in jail within the Ikoyi Correctional Centre, on every of the 3 counts.

Their imprisonment will run similtaneously, starting from the day in their arrest.

The pass judgement on directed the convicts to, upon their liberate, signal an endeavor with the EFCC, “to be of excellent behaviour and not to be fascinated by any legal act inside of and outdoor the shores of Nigeria.”

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