10 January 2012, Sweetcrude, Asaba – A Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, Delta State, presided over by Justice Ibrahim Buba, has sentenced two women, Helen Itemba and Aladini Money, to three years imprisonment for illegal dealings in petroleum products.
The convicts, who were prosecuted by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, were found guilty on the two count charges preferred against them and convicted accordingly. The court sentenced them to a three-year jail term on each count with an option of N300, 000 fine.
The convicts illegally conveyed 136 plastic drums of petroleum products in a truck at Egbidi, Isoko Local Government Area of Delta State, in 2009 without a licence and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap. M17, laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2007 and punishable under section 1(17) of the same Act.
They were arrested in May, 2009 by operatives of Delta State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, along with the truck conveying 136 plastic drums of petroleum products driven by one John Ufo and his co-travellers.
They were handed over to EFCC for investigation and prosecution.