Farmer jailed 6 years for selling fake petrol
By Jubril Bada
Justice F.A Olubanjo of the Federal High Court sitting in Akure, Ondo state capital has sentenced a farmer , Ogunlisa lgbekele to six years imprisonment with option of fine of N200,000 for dealing in adulterated petroleum and diesel products without lawful authority.
The court convicted Igbekele for transporting petrol and diesel suspected to be adulterated products with black Toyota Camry car with number plate Lagos DZ 72 EKY on October 9, 2014 at Aye along Okitipupa-Ore road, of the state.
The charge against the convict read that, “lgbekele and others at large on the same place and time dealt in 32 kegs of about 960 litres of adulterated petroleum and diesel contrary to section 3(6) , 1(17) and 1(8) of the miscellaneous offences Act Cap M17 LFM 2000 and 2004.
Delivering judgement, the judge held that counts two and four of the charge, in which the convict dealt in petroleum and diesel products which are not of the quality substance and distributed same for sale without lawful license attracts three years imprisonment with options of fine of N100,000 each.
“The sentence, according to the judgement shall run concurrently from the day, judgement was delivered, this means the convict shall spend three years in prison. or pay a cumulative fine of N200,000, she held.
She further ordered the forfeiture of the black Toyota Camry Saloon vehicle to the Federal Government through the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ondo state Command as well the 32 kegs of diesel in like manner or be destroyed.
According to the NSCDC prosecutor, Adedeji Olayiwola, the convict and others at large committed the offence on October 9, 2014 at Aye along Okitipupa/Ore road in the state within the jurisdiction of the court, contrary to section 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap , M17, LFN 2006 and should be convicted.
Counsel to the convict, Remi Olatubora, explained that the convict was a first offender who had emaciated over the period of trial.
Mr. I.S Oluwagbemiga, who held the brief of Olatubora, prayed the court to temper justice with mercy over the convict.