10 Crew Members Sentenced For Stealing Petroleum Products

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By; MATTHEW  UKACHUNWA,  Lagos

Ten people who were in the crew of MV Peace have been sentenced to 12 years in prison each.

They were convicted by Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday for conspiracy and unlawful dealing in 200 metric tonnes of petroleum products.

The vessel, MV Peace, was also convicted.

The convicts include:  Capt. James Abatan, Wasiu Abdul Owonikoko, Patrick Ameh, Johnson Ademola and Felix Otto.

Others are Chigozie Oguike, Olu Salisu, Jomo Gadagbe, Kunle Oba Saheed and Rasheed Adio.

The judge ruled that MV Peace and its content, the stolen petroleum product, should be forfeited to the federal government of Nigeria.

He said that the jail terms will run concurrently.

The judge while sentencing the convicts said that the prosecution called three witnesses and tendered exbits A to H.

He said:  “I hold that the prosecution has been able to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt.

“Prosecution has been able to lead overwhelming evidence against the defendants.

“The defendants have not been able to adduce evidence capable of puncturing the evidence put forward by the prosecution.

“I therefore find all the defendants guilty as charged.”

The convicts were sued by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). They were first arraigned on 27th July, 2017 on a three-count charge of conspiracy and unlawful dealing in 200 tonnes of petroleum products.

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