Photo of a young oil thief sentenced to 5 years in prison
The oil thief asked for forgiveness after he was found guilty by the court.
This happened after the judge of the Federal High Court M.L. Abubakar sentenced the criminal, Clinton Onier, to five years in prison for trafficking in oil products in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
EFCC’s head of media and advertising, Wilson Uvujaren, said this on Monday.
According to the statement, the suspect was arrested by agents of the anti-bunkering group of the 6th Nigerian Army Division in Port Harcourt and subsequently turned over to the EFCC for further investigation and prosecution.
Mr. Uvujaren added that the EFCC’s Port Harcourt Zonal Office is suing Onier on two charges bordering on conspiracy to trade in petroleum products.
The indictments in the court read: “What are you, Clinton Onier and a certain Okoro (surname unknown and at present in general), on November 19, 2019, on Eleme Alimini Road, Rivers State, under the jurisdiction of this Court of Honor, without five (875) liters of automobile gas oil (AGO) in a blue Volvo 240 with registration number: Lagos BF 573 EKY and thus committed an offense contrary to section 17 (1) (a) of the Miscellaneous Offenses Act, the laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and is punishable in accordance with the same law ”.
Mr Uvujaren added that Mr Onier pleaded guilty when the charges were read to him, adding that the defense council had asked the court for leniency, stating that their client was “sorry for his actions.”
“The prosecutor, SMH Ibekwute, however, went to court to convict Mr Onye accordingly.
“Judge Abubakar, after announcing the verdict, found Mr. Onye guilty and sentenced him to five years in prison with the possibility of a fine of 300,000 naira (three hundred thousand naira in total),” Uvujaren added.