The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has won yet another victory over crime, convicting a man accused of oil theft on Thursday.
Justice A. Onyetenu of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, on Thursday 26 November, 2014 convicted and sentenced one Godfrey Obioha to a four-year jail term without an option of fine. The court also ordered the forfeiture of a Mercedes Benz truck with registration number: AG 601 ABA, to the Federal Government.
The convict was found guilty on a two- count charge bordering on illegal dealing in petroleum products without appropriate license, preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The journey to prison started for Godfrey in 2008, when he was arrested by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corp, with 30,000 litres of substances suspected to be automotive gas oil, without license and handed over to the EFCC for further investigation and possible prosecution.
He had pleaded not guilty to the charges on arraignment.
One of the charges against him reads, "that you Godfrey Obioha and Bright Obioha on or about the 10th April 2008 at Port Harcourt did without appropriate license deal in petroleum product to wit: 30,000 litres of petroleum product suspected to be AGO (diesel) conveyed in a Mercedes Benz truck with Reg. No AG 601 ABA for sale and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(17) (a) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17 of the Revised Edition (laws of the Federation of Nigeria) 2007".