Lagos Court Sentences Oil Subsidy Thief to 10 Years Imprisonment

Lagos Court Sentences Oil Subsidy Thief to 10 Years Imprisonment

Lagos Court Sentences Oil Subsidy Thief to 10 Years Imprisonment

The Lagos State High Court on Thursday convicted and sentenced an oil subsidy thief to 10 years imprisonment.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had prosecuted chairman of Brila Energy Limited, Rowaye Jubril, before the court presided over by Justice Lateefat Okunnu.

The court convicted Jubril on each of the 13 counts in the charge sheet with which he was prosecuted. The charges bordered on conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretext, forgery and use of false documents.

Justice Okunnu sentenced the convicted oil subsidy thief to 10 years imprisonment on the first count before imposing an 8-year sentence each on counts 2 to 13.

The judge also ruled that the sentences would run concurrently, commencing from the date of judgement.

Justice Okunnu further gave an order that the convict refund the sum of N963.7 million to the federal government

Jubril was first arraigned alongside his company in November 2012 for fraudulently obtaining the sum of N963.7 million from the Federal Government under the Petroleum Support Fund between October 2010 and May 2012.

The anti-graft agency said the money was obtained for the purported importation of 13,500 metric tonnes of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), reports Vanguard. The offences were said to have contravened Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act of 2006, EFCC said.

EFCC claimed that the offences also contravened sections 467 and 468 of the Criminal Code Laws of Lagos State 2003.

The anti-graft agency had in the past secured the conviction of another oil subsidy thief, Mrs Ada Ugo-Ngali of Ontario Oil and Gas who fainted shortly after she was pronounced guilty.

Ugo-Ngali and the chairman of the company, Mr Walter Wagbatsoma, were subsequently sentenced to 10-years imprisonment each.

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