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Captain jailed years for unlawful oil deal

By Robert Egbe

Justice L.N. Oweibo of Federal Excessive Courtroom, Ikoyi, Lagos, on Thursday, July 9, 2020 convicted and sentenced Captain Peter Okomi to at least one 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 had 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 expenses 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 beneath Part 1 (17) of the identical Act.”

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Following their pleas, prosecution counsel Mohammed Idris prayed the courtroom to convict and sentence Okomi accordingly.

He prayed the courtroom 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 at least one 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 decide 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.

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In the same 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 embrace 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 had been arrested alongside the vessel by the Nigeria Navy and handed over to the EFCC for prosecution.

Based on the cost, they had 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 beneath Part 1(7) of the identical Act”

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Every defendant pleaded not responsible.

Prosecuting counsel Mohammed Idris prayed the courtroom 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 courtroom 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 good their bail situations, failure of which they shall stay in NCS custody.

He adjourned until October 8, 2020, for continuation of the trial.

 

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