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Fuel Souvenir: Court sentences Lagos socialite to prison

A Lagos Mobile Court sitting at the premises of State Task Office in Oshodi has sentenced a socialite, Ogbulu Chindinma Pearl to 27 months in jail for distributing Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) as souvenir.

Chief Magistrate Kehinde Ogundare held that the prosecution had successfully proven the charge against the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt and thereby convicted and sentenced her accordingly.

The defendant was earlier arraigned on March 14, 2022, for the offence of distributing PMS as souvenir during her installation party on March 5, 2022, at Havillah Event Centre, Lagos.

The offence was said to violate section 251(1), 168 (1), 244 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 and Section 195 (2)(b) of the Environmental Management Protection Law of Lagos State 2017.

Delivering judgment, Magistrate Ogundare  sentenced Ms Ogbulu to three months imprisonment on the first count, with an option of N15,000.00 fine.

The court also sentenced her to one year imprisonment each on counts 2 and 3, with an option of fine of N500,000.00 each.

Reporting by Wahab Akinlade; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor