Illegal Imo State oil dealer sentenced

Fola Akintomide

Ifeanyichukwu Williams, an Imo State illegal oil dealer, has been sentenced to three years in prison.

He has been appearing before the Federal High Court in Owerri on a two-count charge bordering on conspiracy and dealing in petroleum product without appropriate license.

One of the charges read, “That you, Ifeanyichukwu Williams, on or about the 8th day of April 2012 along Owerri-Onisha Road, Imo State, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court did without lawful authority use a Volvo truck with registration number XN939FST to illegally deal in petroleum product by conveying same in 42 drums and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(17) (a) of the Miscellaneous Offence Act Revised Edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) 2007 and punishable under Section 1(17)(a)(b) of the same Act.”

Men of the 34 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Owerri arrested Ifeanyichukwu on April 8, 2012 along Owerri-Onisha Road, Imo State, with a truck with registration number XN939FST, loaded with 42 drums of petroleum product without appropriate license.

He was subsequently handed over to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for prosecution.

He was first arraigned in 2012 and pleaded not guilty after the charges were read to him.

At the resumed trial earlier this week, the accused pleaded guilty to the charge. Justice Oguntoyinbo subsequently sentenced the accused to three years imprisonment.

He ordered the convict to forfeit the petroleum product to the EFCC, while the truck is released to him.

The sentence is to run concurrently from the date of his arrest.

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