Pipeline vandals bag five years jail term

Posted by News Express | 19 March 2015 | 3,239 times

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Two pipeline vandals- Ugochuku Obi and Markel Daniel- have been sentenced to five years imprisonment without an option of fine by Justice M. A Onyetenu of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

This followed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) investigation, which had established the culpability of Obi and Daniel.

The convicts were prosecuted on a two-count charge bordering on conspiracy and felony, following their arrest by officers of the Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) during a joint operation with the Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt, River State.

Count one reads: ‘’That you Ugochuku Obi and Markel Daniel on or about the 9th day of October, 2010 at Port Harcourt within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did conspire with each other to commit felony to wit: Tampering with oil pipeline and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 3 (6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act CAP M17 of the Revised Edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) Act, 2007 and punishable under Section 1(7) (b) of the same Act.”

Count two reads: “ That you , Ugochuku Obi and Markel Daniel, on or about the 9th day of October, 2010 at the  SPDC Right of Way, Off  Eneka Road, Igwuruta within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, wilfully and maliciously damaged and destroyed Well 2, Agbada II Flow Station of the SPDC facility, thereby tampering with the free flows of the crude oil and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (7) (b) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act CAP M17 of the Revised Edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) Act, 2007 and punishable under section 1(7) of the same Act.”

They were, however, convicted only on count one for tampering with oil pipelines.

•Photo shows vandalised pipeline

 


Source: News Express

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