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Pipeline vandals jailed five years

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The Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday sentenced three pipeline vandals to five years imprisonment.

Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo found Yaya Musa, Sephiani Sani and Oluwole Atobatele guilty of the crime.

The prosecution said the convicts, on December 19, 2010, at about 01.20 a.m. at Ogere area of Ogun State, conspired to tamper with a petroleum pipeline.

They also damaged the pipeline and stole 33, 000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) or petrol valued N2.145 million.

Police prosecutor, Justine Enang, a Deputy Superintendent of Police attached to the Anti-Pipeline Vandalization and Illegal Bunkering team, Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, Lagos, said the convicts were arrested with the stolen product.

The three men were first arraigned in 2011 and granted bail.

But one of them jumped bail, leading to revocation of the terms in 2014.

Enang called three witnesses during the trial, but the convicts, who pleaded not guilty, did not call any witness in their defence.

Justice Oguntoyinbo, in a verdict on Wednesday, said the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.

She sentenced the convicts to four, five and two years on count one, two and three.

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