By Robert Egbe
Justice L.N. Oweibo of Federal Excessive Court docket, Ikoyi, Lagos, on Thursday, July 9, 2020 convicted and sentenced Captain Peter Okomi to 1 yr imprisonment for illegally dealing in petroleum merchandise.
Additionally convicted and sentenced was his agency Moyitok Nigeria Ltd and a vessel, M.V. Agbeke.
The convicts have been prosecuted by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) on a three-count cost following their arrest by the Nigerian Navy.
They pleaded responsible.
One of many costs learn: “M.V. Agbeke, Moyitok Nigeria Ltd, and Peter Okomi, on the 21st day of January, 2020, in Lagos, inside with out applicable license, dealt in 100 metric tonnes of Automative Fuel Oil (AGO) and thereby dedicated an offence opposite to Part 3 (6) of the Miscellaneous Offence Act, Cap. M17, Legal guidelines of the Federation of Nigeria and punishable underneath Part 1 (17) of the identical Act.”
Following their pleas, prosecution counsel Mohammed Idris prayed the court docket to convict and sentence Okomi accordingly.
He prayed the court docket to order the forfeiture of the vessel and the 100 metric tonnes of Automative Fuel Oil (AGO, diesel) it conveyed to the Federal authorities of Nigeria, being proceeds of illegal exercise.
Justice Oweibo upheld his prayer and sentenced Okomi to 1 yr imprisonment on every of the three counts, which run concurrently.
He additionally ordered the forfeiture of the vessel, MV Agbeke and the 100 metric tonnes of diesel recovered from it to the Federal authorities of Nigeria.
The choose directed the EFCC to collaborate with related authorities or non- governmental company to promote the vessel and the petroleum product on board the vessel inside an inexpensive time and remit the proceeds into Consolidated Income Funds.
In an identical growth, the Lagos Workplace of the Fee Thursday arraigned 10 suspected unlawful oil sellers alongside a vessel, MV CX Fleet 1, earlier than Justice Oweibo.
They’re standing trial on a three-count cost bordering on unlawful dealing in petroleum merchandise to the tune of 100 metric tonnes of Automative Fuel Oil (AGO).
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The defendants embody Christopher Ewgeregor; Emeka Chidiebere; Erekedomene Lawrence; Okorie Collins Chukwuma; Julius Makingbene and Ededeni Bassey Okon.
Others are: James Joshua; Kingsley Tamumobelema Ibiabuo, Iyobasogie Victor and Ajenu Michael.
They have been arrested alongside the vessel by the Nigeria Navy and handed over to the EFCC for prosecution.
In response to the cost, they have been arrested on February 3, 2020, in Lagos for conspiring to deal in “100 metric tonnes of Automative Fuel Oil (AGO), with out applicable licence and thereby dedicated an offence opposite to Part 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, CAP M17, Legislation of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable underneath Part 1(7) of the identical Act”
Every defendant pleaded not responsible.
Prosecuting counsel Mohammed Idris prayed the court docket for a trial date and for the defendants to be remanded in Nigeria Correctional Service, NCS.
However defence counsel Malizu Iwudoh and Earnest Usiwoma Orofa prayed the court docket to grant the defendants bail on liberal phrases.
Justice Oweibo granted them bail within the sum of N2 million every amongst different phrases.
He gave them 10 days to excellent their bail situations, failure of which they shall stay in NCS custody.
He adjourned until October 8, 2020, for continuation of the trial.