Oil Theft: Two Women Bag Three Years Jail Term



Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court, Asaba has sentenced the duo of Helen Itemba and Aladini Johnny Money to three years imprisonment for offences bordering on conspiracy and illegal dealing in Petroleum .

The convict who were prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, were of the two count charge preferred against them and convicted accordingly. The court sentenced them to a three-year jail on each count an option of three hundred thousand naira (N300, 000) fine.

The two accused persons illegally conveyed one hundred and thirty six plastic drums of petroleum in a truck registration number XN 789 EGU Egbidi, Isoko Local Government Area of in 2009 a license and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap. M17, laws of the Federation of , 2007 and punishable under section 1(17) of the same act.


Helen Itemba and Aladini Johnny Money were arrested in May, 2009 by operatives of the Command of the Security and Civil Defence Corps (), along a truck containing one hundred and thirty six plastic drums of petroleum driven by one John Ufo and his co-travellers: Emmanuel Itemba, Oluchukwu Olomu, and Okwuosa Onyedika.  They were handed over to the EFCC for investigation and .

One of the charge that sent them to jail reads: “that you Helen Itemba, Aladini Money, and others on or about the 4th May, 2009 Bomadi Water side, Bomadi in within the Jurisdiction of Honorable Court did conspire with one another to commit felony wit dealing in petroleum products contrary to section 3(6) of the miscellaneous offences Act CAP, Laws of the Federation of 2007 and punishable under section 1(17) of the same Act”.


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