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Oil Bunkering: 8 Beninous Sentenced To Jail


***To Spend 4 Years Imprisonment Each

By Francis Iwuchukwu, Lagos 

Eight Republic of Benin nationals were on Wednesday (today) convicted and sentenced to four years imprisonment each over their involvement in oil bunkering.

They were convicted and sentenced by a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State, Nigeria, presided over by Justice Mojisola Olatoregun.

The convicted and sentenced Beninous are: Podahude Ferdinand, Denie Atika, Awhansuha Rapheal, Hunpatin Friday, Kouhonou Banana, Kouhonou Kokou, Ahonsu Meda and Agbofia Jeremy.

The convicts were sent to jail on a  two counts charge that has to do with oil bunkering.

Justice Olatoregun arrived at the decision, sequel to a plea bargain  arrangement reached with the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), dated June 6, 2019 and the consequent change of plea from not guilty to guilty.

The trial court equally held that the sentence is to run concurrently.

Justice Olatoregun went further to hold that the boat outboard motor engines be seized from the convicts and same forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria, FGN.

Specifically, the AGF had argued in the two counts charge that Podahude Ferdinand, Denie Atika, Awhansuha Rapheal, Hunpatin Friday, Kouhonou Banana, Kouhonou Kokou, Ahonsu Meda and Agbofia Jeremy, had on July 12, 2014, at about 040hours on the sea within the Nigerian territorial waters close to Gberefu village, Badagry, Lagos State, and within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi  judicial division, did conspired with others now at large, to commit felony to wit: dealing in, being in possession of Petroleum products (DPK and PMS) without lawful authority or appropriate licence thereby committed an offence contrary to section 3 (6) of the miscellaneous Offences  Act, Cap M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under Section 1( 17) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Laws of the Federation if Nigeria 2004.

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