Abuja - Three Indian nationals have been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for oil theft.
This follows their appearance at a Federal High Court sitting in Yenegoa, Balyesa State.
Sailesh Kumar Singh, the Captain of the vessel, Chadrashekar Sharma and Ajay Bhatiya, owner of the vessel MT Akshay, were among a number of suspected oil thieves, including eight other Indians, one Ghanaian and a Nigerian arrested aboard MT Akshay by men of the Joint Task Force, Central Naval Command, Yenegoa sometime in November 2012.
They were handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further investigation and prosecution.
They were arraigned on a two-count charge on January 2013 before Justice Lambo Akanbi.
The other accused persons- Dharmaraj Kumar, Ajay Kumar, Nimesh Kodi Parambil, Ashraf Ali, Sanjeev Kumar, Sarbjot Singh, Arvind Kumar Bhardwaj, Gagan Kumar, Dele Johnson Olayemi and Benneth Egbegi were discharged and acquitted on the two counts preferred against them by the EFCC.
- CAJ News