Justice J.K Omotosho of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has sentenced six foreigners and a Nigerian to seven years imprisonment for oil theft.
A statement released by the Economic and Financial Commission EFCC, says the foreigners which include two Pakistanis, Mohammed Ejaz, and Nasser Khan; two Ukrainians; Oleksandr Nazarenko and Oleksandr Kashernvi; a Ghanaian, Romeo Annang; an Indonesian, Fredrik Omenu, and a Nigerian David Otuohi, were convicted after three years of prosecution.
According to the statement, they were arraigned alongside a company, Asztral Shipping Corporation SA, and a vessel, MT. TECNE (aka MT STAR), on four counts bordering on conspiracy, dealing in petroleum products without a license, and tampering with oil pipelines. They pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.
Their pleas prepared the ground for their trial by the EFCC, which for three years presented evidence and witnesses against the convicts.
In his judgment, Justice Omotosho found the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 11th defendants guilty of all the four charges and sentenced them to seven years’ imprisonment with an option of N2m fine each, while the 1st, 8th, 9th and 10th defendants were discharged and acquitted on the grounds that “they were not linked to the commission of the crime”.
The EFCC statement, however, indicated that company, Asztral Shipping Corporation SA, was wound up by the court, while the vessel carrying the stolen crude oil, MT TECNE, was forfeited to the Federal Government.
It was gathered that the ship was intercepted by the NNS DELTA on April 25, 2017, at the Shell Petroleum Development Company’s Afremo ‘A’ Terminal, southeast of Escravos in the Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State for illegal loading of crude oil. The crew members were said to have connived with Victor Azeberi (the 1st defendant), Peter Ala, and David Ogoma (now at large) to siphon about 1905.836 cubic liters of crude oil.
The ship, according to the EFCC, had no clearance from relevant maritime agencies to navigate in Nigerian waters and all the foreign crew on board had no valid documents to enter Nigeria.
The sentences run concurrently from the date of their arraignment.
BREAKING: Obaseki wins again as Court dismisses alleged case of certificate forgery
A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed the alleged certificate forgery suit brought against Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and one of its members, Edobor Williams.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed, in a judgment a moment ago, held that the plaintiffs failed to prove their claim that Obaseki forged his academic certificates that he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the last governorship election in the state.
The judge found as lazy, the attitude of the plaintiffs, who did no make any efforts to cross-check from the University of Ibadan (UI) and the West African Examination Council (WAEC), the two institutions that issued the certificates they claimed Obaseki forged.
Missing 12-Year-Old Girl Found Alive With Her Throat Slit After 5 Days Inside Soakaway In Delta
12-year-old Blessing Ineh, who reportedly went missing in Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta, has been found alive inside a soakaway.
It was gathered the the young girl was last seen on New Year Day after she was sent on an errand by her parents.
She was found inside a soakaway located behind her family house on Tuesday, January 5, after a child heard her whimpering and raised an alarm.
According to reports by popular Warri online news portal, Warri Aproko, the young girl was abducted by three men, allegedly stabbed on the back and her throat slit before she was dumped in the soakaway.
Her body was found covered in white chalk which seems to suggest that it was a case of attempted ritual murder by suspected internet fraudsters.
The victim is currently receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.
Meanwhile, it was further learnt that Blessing revealed that her neighbour identified simply as “General” was one of the men behind the dastardly act.
According to the victim, General was the one who lured and whisked her away in a car. After they were done, the men dumped her inside the soakaway to die.
The suspect is said to have disappeared from the compound since the day the girl went missing.
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