The EFCC has secured the conviction of an illegal dealer in petroleum products, Ngwa Amaechi Rapheal.
Amaechi who was dragged before a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt could neither produce the owner of the truck, with registration number ENU 69 Z, used to convey the product nor a license which in the eyes of the law authorizes him to deal in petroleum products.
Justice I.M. Sani, the presiding judge on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 sentenced Amaechi to six months imprisonment for illegal dealing in petroleum products.
The defendant was arraigned by the Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in Port Harcourt on one-count charge.
The count read, “That you Ngwa Amaechi Raphael on or about the 26th day of December, 2019, around Rumuigbo, in Port Harcourt ,Rivers state, within the jurisdiction of the Honourable Court did deal in petroleum product, Automotive Gas Oil, (AGO) which is not of good quality and being transported in truck with the registration number ENU 69 ZH, and thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 1(18) (a) (i) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act M17 Reverse Edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) Act 2007 and punishable under Section 1(18) (a) (i) of the same Act”.
The convict pleaded ” guilty” after the charge was read to him.
In view of the plea by the defendant, prosecuting counsel, K. W Chukwuma-Eneh prayed the court to convict him accordingly, but counsel to the defendant, D.D. Ayuba who did not oppose the prayer of the prosecution, appealed to the court for leniency in the exercise of its discretion; noting that the convict was a first-time offender who had shown emorse.
Justice Sani, consequently convicted Amaechi to six months imprisonment with an option of Three Hundred Thousand Naira (N300, 000.00) fine.
Amaechi was arrested for illegal dealing in petroleum products without a license by officers of 6 Division Nigerian Army and his truck with registration number ENU 69 ZH impounded during an anti-bunkering operation at Rumuigbo Port Harcourt . The matter was later handed over the Commission for further investigation.
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