Court Jails Nigerian, 6 Foreigners For Oil Theft From Shell Facility
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said on Tuesday that six foreigners and one Nigerian have been sentenced to seven years in prison in Nigeria for oil theft.
The suspects were charged, by the Nigerian Navy since 2017 for siphoning about 2000 metric tonnes of crude oil from a loading facility belonging to Shell Petroleum.
The judgment came three years after the navy arrested 10 suspects with a vessel carrying crude oil off the Niger Delta coast. The jailed persons include a Nigerian, two Pakistanis, three Ghanaians, one Indonesian, one Beninois and two Ukrainians.
In a statement yesterday, EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwagaren said the court on Monday sentenced seven of the 10 suspects to seven years imprisonment. He explained that the suspects were convicted on four counts of conspiracy, dealing in petroleum products without a licence and tampering with oil pipelines alongside Asztral Shipping Corporation SA, and a vessel MT. TECNE(a.k.a MT STAR).
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