A Federal High Court sitting in Asaba and presided over by Justice Nnamdi O.Dimgba has convicted 17 illegal oil bunkers charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on illegal dealings in petroleum products.
The names of the 17 illegal oil bunkers convicted by the Justice Nnamdi O Dimgba led Court were given as: Shola Ilurimi, Monday Atie, Mene Endurance, Demeyin Omolere, Olushoji Juwon, Omotehinse John, Aroyo Ade, George Nwafor, Sheriff Prex , Efe Brown, Elijah Ibitoye and Lawal Samuel Olayemi. Others are Ganiyu Kabiru ,Balogun Ogooluwa, Agbaje Olokunjuwon, Japhet Onyenibe and Isogun Bode
According to EFCC, each of the 17 illegal convicted bunkers was arraigned on a separate one (1) count charge each bordering on illegal dealings in petroleum products.
One of the charge reads: “That you Shola Ilurinmi on 19th May 2019 at Escravos, Delta State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did without lawful authority and appropriate license deal in petroleum product to wit: storage and distribution of over 220,000 litres of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) in large wooden (Cotonou) Boat and being bunkered into Motor Vessel. SD Waterman and Motor Vessel NIPAL at Escravos contrary to Section 4 (1) of the Petroleum Act Cap P10 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (Revised Edition) 2004 and punishable under Section 4 (6) of the same Act.
The defendants pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to them.
Based on their guilty plea, the prosecution counsel, Larry Peter Aso urged the court to convict them as contained in the plea bargain agreement.
He also prayed the court that items recovered from the defendants be forfeited to the federal government. However, the defence counsel, P.E.Ejiga pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as they were first time offenders who have become remorseful for their actions.
Justice N.O Dimgba convicted and sentenced each of the defendants to six months imprisonment and a fine of two hundred thousand naira.