- After being found guilty of unlawfully dealing in 600,000 litres of diesel, 12 oil thieves have been sentenced to 6 years in prison
- Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos found them guilty and sentenced them accordingly
- Some of the convicts are Christopher Okorie, John Mbah, Tammy Bami, Osi Prince, Chukwuji Festus, and Kabiru Adeyemo.
Twelve oil thieves have been sentenced to six years in imprison by a Lagos division of the Federal High Court for dealing in 600,000 liters of diesel without lawful authority.
They had been charged alongside their vessel, MV PSV DEBY, and two companies identified as Phonic Marine Services Limited and Banquet Chambers Nigeria Limited, Premium Times reports.
NAIJ.com notes that they were convicted by Justice Mohammed Idris on four counts of conspiracy, forgery, and dealing in petroleum products without lawful authority, Premium Times reports.
The convicts are Christopher Okorie, John Mbah, Tammy Bami, Osi Prince, Chukwuji Festus, and Kabiru Adeyemo.
Others are Ayannubi Moses, Sopuruchukwu Chukwudi, Obinna Ebu, Abdullahi Oyelade, Charles Ubey and Achia Vincent.
According to the counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ekene Iheanacho, the convicts committed the offences between December 2014 and September 2015 in Lagos.
He told the court: "The convicts forged a document, to wit: Permit to Operate as an Oil Industry Service Company; Specialised Category; Permit Number DPR/OGISP/14/848714/N4146, and purported the permit to have been issued by the department of petroleum resources in order to favour Phonic Marine Services.”
The EFCC counsel called six witnesses, including officials of the department of petroleum resources, the Nigerian Navy, and the EFCC.
Justice Idris held that the case was proven beyond reasonable doubt by the prosecutor and ordered that the vessel and the cargo on board be forfeited to the federal government.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was to prosecute 12 suspected oil thieves who were arrested and handed over to the commission by the Nigerian Navy in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
The 12 oil thieves arrested in Port Harcourt were caught with a vessel MV OMISAN 1 with registration number IMO 7216244, an unnamed barge and two wooden boats from the Nigerian Navy Ship PathFinder Naval Base, Rumuolumeni in Port Harcourt.
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