Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court sitting in Warri on December 10, 2020 convicted and sentenced Francis Aprioku to six months imprisonment and a fi of N500,000 on a two count charge bordering on dealing in Petroleum Products without the required license.
Francis was arraigned by the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on an amended two count charge.
Upon his arraignment, the defendant pleaded guilty to the charge prompting the prosecution counsel, Ibrahim Mohammed to ask the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.
However, the defence counsel, R. U. Oyimna, prayed the court to temper justice with mercy as the defendant was a first time offender.
Justice Nwite convicted and sentenced the defendant to a fine of N500,000 on count one and an imprisonment of six months on count two.
The defendant is also to undertake in writing to be of good behaviour afterwards.
One of the charges against them reads: “that you Francis Aprioku (m) on about 4th January, 2020 at around Escravos, Delta State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did employ a vessel, MV Salvation for domestic coastal trade without specifying and publishing all the requirements to be satisfied with respect to the employment of the vessel and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 34 of the Coastal and Inland shipping (Cabotage) Act, 2003 and Punishable under Section 40 of the same Act”.
MV Salvation and its crew members were arrested around Escravos offshore by Nigerian Navy Ship Zaria on January 4, 2020 and subsequently handed over to the EFCC for further investigation and prosecution.
PIB Bill: Amend Section 242, 247, 251, 252 – PWDs Urge NASS
JUST IN: APC Begins Distribution Of Materials For Membership Registration To States
Breaking: Amosun, Six Loyalists Defect From APM To APC
BREAKING: Fight Breaks Out At HoRs During PIB Public Hearing
RAPE : Man Arrested For Defiling 2 Year Old Baby
Olomu Kingdom: Ogbon Royal Family Announces Passage Of Prince Emmanuel
5 Years On The Throne: Peresine Congratulates HRM Jackson Angalabiri
Delta Schools To Begin Second Term January 11
Plaza Dedication: Ogboru Names Building After Late Mother
BREAKING: FEC Approves 65 Years As New Retirement Age For Teachers
CSP Erhabor Who Rejected N864M Bribe Resigns From Police After 30 Years Of Service…See Reason
Abraka: Suspected Yahoo Boy Caught Trying To Dispose Corpse Of Girlfriend After Allegedly Killing Her
NIN: FG Outlines New Conditions To Replace SIM
Chief Watchman Goes Home, As Family Announces Funeral Activities
Education18 hours ago
Professor Muoboghare Justifies Exclusion Of COE Warri From Institutions For Upgrade To Universities, Others
Politics12 hours ago
JUST IN: DTHA Majority Leader, Tim Owhefere Is Dead
News23 hours ago
50-Year-Old Woman Commits Suicide In Sapele
Community News12 hours ago
Okere Urhobo Kingdom: Elders Reject Emmanuel Okumagba As Oroseun
News9 hours ago
JUST IN: CDHR NEC Upholds Suspension Of National President By Edo Branch