Court of Appeal affirms conviction of five Filipinos, four Bangladeshi over oil theft

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The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, on Monday affirmed the judgment of a Federal High Court in Lagos which sentenced nine foreigners to five years’ imprisonment each, for stealing crude oil from Nigeria, Premium Times reports.

The convicts are Axel Jabone, Zahirul Islam, Juanito Infantado, Suarin Alave, Gatila Gadayan, Islam Shahinul, Islam Rafiqul, Shaikh Nomany and Rolando Comendador.
They were tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a four-count charge bordering on illegal dealing in petroleum products.

The Court of Appeal’s three-member panel, comprising Justices Hussein Mukhtar (presiding), M. L. Shuaib and Frederick Oho, dismissed the appeal, for lack of merit.
Mr. Oho, who delivered the judgment, resolved all the issues in favour of the EFCC.