The Federal High Court in Lafia, Nasarawa State, on Monday convicted and sentenced four suspected oil thieves identified as; Olusegun Gbenga, Yusuf Muhammed, Abass Auwal and Olanipekun Olagoke, to 10 years imprisonment.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) preferred a 12 count charge of oil theft against them.
The convicts had pleaded not guilty but were however found guilty and consequently sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by Justice Agatha Okeke.
“That you, Olusegun Gbenga, Yusuf Muhammed, Abass Auwal and Olanipekun Olagoke on the 12th day of May, 2014 at Toto Military check point in Nasarawa State, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, did without lawful authority or an appropriate licence, deal in crude oil and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 1 (17) (a) (b) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, CAP M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004”.
Salisu Majidadi, the prosecution counsel, cited Section 1 (17) (a) (b) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, CAP M17, Laws of the Federal of Nigeria, 2004.
He added that; “The vehicle that was used in conveying the crude oil should automatically be forfeited to the Federal Government.”
Following this, the judge ordered the EFCC to evacuate the crude oil while the truck be forfeited to the Federal Government.