4 Bangladeshis get five years’ imprisonment in Nigeria for stealing oil

The Nigerian trial court found them guilty in December 2015 of stealing 3,423.097 metric tons of crude oil

Nigeria’s Lagos Court of Appeal has sentenced four Bangladeshis with five years’ imprisonment each on Monday as they were found guilty of stealing crude oil from the country.

A three-member panel led by Nigerian Justice Hussein Mukhtar delivered the verdict against four Bangladeshis and five Filipinos after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of the country pressed a charge on them for dealing illegal petroleum products.

The Bangladeshi convicts are- Zahirul Islam, Islam Shahinul, Islam Rafiqul, and Shaikh Nomany, reports the Premium Times of Nigeria.

Different Nigerian news agencies report that a trial court of the country found the nine persons guilty on December 15, 2015 of stealing 3,423.097 metric tons of crude oil.

The trial court, however, provided the convicts with an option of NGN20m fine each.

The prosecution said they caught the convicts red-handed when the convicts were trying to export the stolen product by a vessel.

Source: Dhaka Tribune

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