EFCC secures conviction of eight illegal petroleum dealers in Akwa Ibom State

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EFCC secures conviction of eight illegal petroleum dealers in Akwa Ibom State

Justice Fatun Riman of the Federal High Court, sitting in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, convicted and sentenced eight illegal dealers in petroleum product to six months imprisonment with N20000 (Twenty Thousand Naira) option of fine each and a total forfeiture to the federal government of 150,300 litres of diesel (automotive gas oil, AGO), illegally conveyed in 501 drums. They were prosecuted by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

 

The convicts: Victor Umana; Asuquo Ita Bassey; Okon Edet Solomon; Anthony Okon Effiong; Asuquo John Esuya; Victor Okon Moses; Bassey Effiong Antai and Vincent Okon Antai, were first arraigned by the Commission on May 10, 2019 on three-count charge, bothering on conspiracy and illegal dealing in petroleum products. They all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

 

However, at the resumed hearing on Wednesday, the convicts, following a plea bargain agreement they reached with the Commission, changed their plea…



Linda Ikeji