Osun: NSCDC secures conviction for petroleum product thieves

The Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo has convicted and sentenced the duo of 36-year-old Wasiu Asimolowo and 33-year-old Abdulkareem Abubakar to three years imprisonment on two counts of illegal dealing and adulteration of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO).

Illegal dealings and adulteration of petroleum products run contrary to Section 1, Subsections 17 and 18 of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, 1999.

The conviction with charge number FHC/OS/79C/2013: FRN v WASIU ASIMOLOWO & ANOTHER which had an option of N500,000:00 fine was secured by the Legal Unit of the Osun State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

In the judgment which was read out by Justice Ayo Emmanuel, the court also ordered the forfeiture of two tankers with registration numbers XQ 198 KSF and LSR 938 XJ to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the adulterated diesel contained in the tankers compartments be destroyed by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

The duo were arrested at Baruwa Street, Ogo-Oluwa Area,Osogbo on the 9th of November, 2013.

While fielding questions from journalists at the end of the judgment, the Osun, NSCDC Commandant, Emmanuel Ocheja advised against such acts as they are detrimental to the national economy.

While calling for prompt information from members of the public to nip such acts of sabotage in the bud, he revealed that adulterated fuel has caused lots of damage and pain to many homes.

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