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Federal High Court Judge SD Pam sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, found guilty and sentenced Abdullahi Umar to two years imprisonment for illegally trading in petroleum products without proper license.
Umar was sentenced on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 after pleading “guilty” to a one-count charge brought against him by the Port Harcourt Area Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The one-count charge read: “Whether you Abdullahi Umar being the driver on board Axor Tanker with registration number: ENU 952 ZE on or about October 7, 2021 at Okporowo, Port Harcourt, State of Rivers within the jurisdiction of this honorable court without lawful authority traded in petroleum products, namely: 15,000 liters of automotive gas oil (AGO) and thereby committed an offense contrary to Article 1(17) (a ) of the Miscellaneous Offenses Act, Cap M17, Revised Edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) 2007 and punishable under Section 1(17)(ii) of the same Act”
He pleaded “guilty” when the charge was read to him.
In view of his plea, the prosecution lawyer, Mr. T. Iko, requested the court to convict and sentence the accused accordingly.
The defendant’s attorney, ASW Amadi, urged the court to temper justice with mercy, “as he is a first-time offender with no prior criminal record”.
Judge Pam found guilty and sentenced the defendant to two years imprisonment in a correctional centre, with the option of a fine of N500,000.00 payable from the Consolidated Revenue Account of the Federation.
He ordered that the 15,000 liters of illegally refined petroleum product, Automotive Gas Oil, (AGO) stopped beside the truck with registration number: ENU 952 ZE be confiscated for the benefit of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and sold by the secretary of the EFCC, or any other person designated by him. The proceeds of the sale shall be paid into the collection account of the EFCC domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). He also returned the truck to its owner.
The judge ordered the convict to file an affidavit of good behavior in court.
Umar began the journey to prison when he was arrested by officers and men of the 6th Division of the Nigerian Army on October 7, 2021 around Okporowo, Port Harcourt, Rivers State for illegal trafficking of petroleum products .
It was then handed over to the EFCC alongside the truck, for further investigation and possible prosecution.

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