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EFCC: Court convicts oil marketer for fraud

A Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja has convicted and sentenced the Managing Director of an oil company, Julian Ndubueze Ezeji and her company to 20 months imprisonment over fraud.

Justice Raliat Adebiyi convicted defendant and the company of the 14-count-charge filed against her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

EFFC had arraigned the defendants for dishonestly converted to their personal use, several sums of monies and property of one; Onyeka Okoye being payment for 574,000 litres of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO).

The Commission said their offence was contrary to section 285(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.

“The court in applying the totality principle taking into account the severity of the offence, the aggravating and mitigating factors, shall pursuant to its powers as stipulated in Section 316 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law (Repeal and Re-enactment Law 2015) impose a fine on both defendants for all the 14 counts to run concurrently pursuant to the provision of Section 316 (2) of the ACJL, 2015.”

Justice Adebiyi imposed a fine of N5m against the 1st defendant for all 14 counts, she ordered that default of payment shall attract a term of imprisonment not to exceed 10 months.

The Judge also ordered that the defendant shall be remanded in custody pending the payments of the fines.

Reporting by Wahab Akinlade, Editing By Marian Benjamin and Annabel Nwachukwu