Appeal Court Upholds Conviction Of 9 Foreigners

The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, Monday, affirmed a federal high court sentencing of nine foreigners to five years imprisonment for stealing crude oil from Nigeria.

The convicts are Axel Jabone, Zahirul Islam, Juanito Infantado, Suarin Alave, Gatila Gadayan, Islam Shahinul, Islam Rafiqul, Shaikh Nomany and Rolando Comendador.

They were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and convicted on December 15, 2015.

According to Justice Hussein Mukhtar, leading two other justices – M. L. Shuaib and Frederick Oho – dismissed the two appeals the convicts for lacking merit.

The convicts comprising five Filipinos and four Bangladeshi allegedly stole 3,423.097 metric tonnes of crude oil. The EFCC said the convicts were caught trying to export the stolen product on a vessel, MT Asteris. The EFCC said their action violated Section 4 of the Petroleum Act, Cap P10, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

Justice Buba found them guilty on all the charges and sentenced them to five years imprisonment. Justice Buba, however, gave each of them an option of N20million fine.

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