Court Jails Three Oil Thieves
A Port Harcourt Federal High Court, Rivers State, on Thursday, convicted and sentenced three oil thievies, Youbowei Loveday, Kareem Fatai and Abdulsalam Taofeek to one year imprisonment each.
The court presided over by Justice A. T. Mohammed, convicted and sentenced the trio, after pleaded guilty, to one- count separate charge bordering on conspiracy and illegal dealing in petroleum products, brought against them by the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC).
One of the charge reads: “That you Abdulsalam Taofeek, on or about 5th November, 2016 around FO/FLT/Channel Anchorage, Port Harcourt, Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court; deal in adulteration of petroleum product thereby committed an offence contrary to Miscellaneous Offences Act, CAP M18 of the Revised Edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria), 2007 and punishable under Section 18 (i) and (ii) of the same Act”
They all pleaded guilty to the one -count charge when it was read to them.
In view of their pleas, the prosecutor, K.W. Chukwuma Eneh, urged the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.
Justice Mohammed found them guilty as charged, convicted and sentenced them to one year imprisonment each, with an option of fine of One Hundred and Thousand Naira (N100, 000.00) each.
Statement by the Agency’s Media and Publicity Department stated that “the convicts’ journey to the Correctional Centre began when they were arrested by the Anti- Illegal Oil Bunkering patrol team of the Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS PATHFINDER on November 5, 2016 around FOT Anchorage, Onne, Rivers State, alongside a Vessel MT SEA EUNICE loaded with 1,000,000 litres of petroleum product suspected to be illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO).
They were handed over to the EFCC and prosecuted.
In another development, the operatives of th agency in Enugu and Ebonyi States, said they have arrested 55 suspected internet fraudsters in separate.
The Agency said 18 of the suspects were arrested on Thursday, July 29, 2021, at Agbani Road and Thinkers Corner areas of Enugu, Enugu State following intelligence on their alleged involvement in internet fraud.
The suspects are: John Kennedy, Onochie John Paul, Ilojeme Chiagozie, Ilechukwu Chidiebeube, Ike Ebubechukwu Emmanuel H., Otega Pafe Philip, Uzochukwu Uche Frank and Ezinwa Witness Chimere. Others are Obike William Nwabufo, Ikeja Eyerinsu, Chidindu Victory, Onwuagbaizu Paul, Tomizine Alamco, Great Oluwagbemiga, Kanu Dennis Ifeanyichukwu, Ebere Malachy, James Collins Ewenike and Ilojeme Chiemela.
Some of the items recovered from them include laptops and several mobile phones.
The remaining 37 suspects were apprehended on Wednesday July 28, 2021 at Hausa Quarters, Nkaliki, Aboboriga,Abakiliki, Ebonyi State.
The suspects are: Igwe Chukwudi, Ozoemena Newman, Obinna William, Eze Godwin, George Ezenwa, Onyebuchi Ebuka, Ezediegwu Innocent, Nzubechukwu Obineze, Igwe Ikenna, Ibrahim Falada, Ezra Excel, Chinedu Agu, Oscar Sogidu, Uchenna Onyenweaku, Nwoka Darlington, Ejike Prince, Anuli Obinna, Nwazunkwu Collins and Mba Rocks, Patrick Junior.
Others are Amefula Kennedy, Ebuka Okoh, Igboke Chinonso, Ijezie Chibuike, Anthony Delight, Joseph Ahuighnwa, Innocent Chukwuebuka, Chima Ndubuisi, Benjamin Kelechi, Precious Kalu, Anthony Samuel, Christian Valentine, Chukwudi Agbom, Ekebudu Nwabueze, Okoye Arinze, Igwebuike Emeka and Chiemelie Franklin.
Items recovered from the suspects include four vehicles : Lexus RX 350 with registration Number KUJ -552- BG, Lexus IS250 registered with Number EBJ – 762 -AAA, Mercedes Benz ML350 4matic with registration Number KUJ -393 – BQ and Mercedes Benz E350 marked YAB – 133 -BL, several phones and laptops.
The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded