Senator Iroegbu in Abuja
The Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has convicted and sentenced the duo of Wisdom Afangideh and Godwin John to 10 years imprisonment on each of the two-count charge preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
According to the statement the Head, Media and Publicity, EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, the jail terms handed by the court yesterday, are to run concurrently.
Uwujaren stated that the convicts were however given an option of N3,000,000 fine each. Also the truck and the product are to be forfeited to the federal government.
The convicts, he said, were prosecuted on charges bordering on conspiracy and illegal dealing in petroleum product.
He said Wisdom and Godwin were arrested on June 8, 2012 by officials the Department of State Service (DSS) in Oku Iboku village in Ikat Adakpan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State with one DAF truck (registration number XQ 926 APP Lagos) with 33,000 litres of suspected illegally refined diesel.
“They were subsequently, handed to the EFCC on June 12, 2012 for further investigation and possible prosecution.
“When they were arraigned on the 30th of September, 2013, they pleaded not guilty to the charge,” he said.