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Court jails 26 over oil bunkery in Port Harcourt

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A Federal Superior Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, was convicted and sentenced 26 scammers for illegal trafficking of petroleum products.

Those convicted, including 24 people, a company and a ship, were charged with several prison sentences. They were processed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the Zonal Office of Port Harcourt. Anti-graft spokesman Tony Orilade revealed this in a statement in Abuja.

He said that 12 of the convicts who obtained their prison sentence on Friday are: Abubakar Lawal; Mustapha Babagana; Christian Nweke; Ikpaikpai Elvis; Abdullahi Bawa; Hamson Sadiq; John Owoicho; Elewa Roy; Areh Sunday; Nafiu Sani, Emeka Michael, and Kingsely Ihuoma.

Orilade added that the rest 14, including 12 individuals, a company and a ship, were convicted and sentenced on Thursday, August 8, and are: Kabiru Saidu; Saleh Muhammed; Yusuf Bala; Salisu Usman; Hamisu Sha’Ibu; Aliyu Muhammed; Umar Mohammed; Muhammed Aliya; Domingo Emmanuel Udo; Mallam Garba Abubakar, Ifeanyi Duru and Sani Haruna. The company and the vessel are: Solution Mark Nig.Ltd and M.V. Chi-Ebubeh

In addition, it was learned that the first group of convicted persons, 12 of them, were prosecuted on Friday, August 9 by the EFCC, the Port Harcourt Zonal Office, for a separate charge of a charge that borders illegal traffic in products Petroleum derivatives.

The count charges said: “That Abubakar Lawal sometimes in April 2018, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, distributed petroleum products (Automotive Gas Oil) with Daf with AKD registration number 893 XG without a license and committed a crime contrary to Section 4 (1) of the Petroleum Law, Laws P10 of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004 and punishable under Section 4 (6) of the same Law. ”

But the defendants pleaded guilty to the count count when they were read.

On this basis, the prosecution advises Samuel Chime; M. T. Iko; E. Abbiyesku; F. Oh Amama; Celestina Okorie and K. W Chukwuma-Eneh reportedly prayed in court to convict and convict the defendants accordingly.

Also, advice to the accused, Babatunde Opadola; J. C Okere; O. M Ofodili; A. D Ndaboye, C. O Odoemena and M. M Suleiman did not oppose the sentences of the accusation.

In his ruling, Judge A. T. Mohammed sentenced and sentenced Lawal, Babagana and Nweke to two years in prison with a fine option of N100,000.00 each while Elvis; Bawa Sadiq; Owoicho Roy Domingo; Sani, Michael and Ihuoma were sentenced to a fine of N100,000 each respectively.

The judge also ordered that the products transported in the various trucks be lost to the Federal Government.

Problems began for the convicts, Orilade said when they were intercepted by men and officers of the Nigerian army, 6 Division, Port Harcourt, in different locations in Port Harcourt, for illegal trafficking of petroleum products without the necessary licenses.

The convicts were also arrested along with trucks with registration numbers: AKD 893 XG; XA 452 NNR; PBT 525 XA; KHE 477 XA; RGG 183 XA; EPE 238 XN; ABN 948 SN; XW 775 FST; WMK 130 XA; XB 252 KMC, BGM 209 XA and APP 348 XM while distributing and storing illegally refined AGOs and carrying out operations against bunkering.

The second group of convicts, 14 of them, were prosecuted on Thursday, August 8, 2019 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the Zonal Office of Port Harcourt, for a separate charge of a charge bordering on the Illegal traffic of petroleum products.

The count charge said: “That Kabiru Saidu, sometimes in 2017 in Abuloma, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, distributed petroleum products (AGO) transported in a truck with the number of registration XL 985 KRD and therefore committed a crime contrary to Section 4 (1) of the Petroleum Law, Cap P10 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004 and punishable under Section 4 (6) of the same law. ”

The defendants also pleaded guilty when they were read the charge. On this premise, the prosecution lawyers: A. Osu, C. O Ugwu, Esin-Otu Ebipade, F. C Obinwa and M. T Iko prayed in court to convict and convict the defendants accordingly.

Advice to the accused: M. M. Suleiman, Babatunde Opadola and E. X Eboh did not oppose the sentence of the accusation.

Judge Mohammed convicted and sentenced the defendants to a fine of N100,000 each, while the Mark Nig Solution. Ltd and M.V. Chi-Ebubeh was sentenced to a fine of N500,000 each for illegal trafficking of petroleum products.

The judge also ordered that products transported by trucks and boats be lost to the Federal Government.