Court Jails Vessel’s Engineer Three Years

September 17, 2020
7 Views

Justice H.I.O Oshomah of the Federal High Court sitting in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, has convicted and sentenced John Patani to three years imprisonment or a fine of N2, 000, 000 (Two Million Naira only), for operating a vessel, M.T De Praise, on the Nigerian territorial waters without due registration and licence from appropriate authority.

Patani was arrested in February by men of the Nigerian Navy Ship Delta, at Off Shore, Escravos and handed over to the EFCC, for further investigation and prosecution.

The convict was arraigned on one count-charge of operating a vessel on the Nigerian territorial waters, without due registration and licence, contrary to Section 22 of the Coastal and Inland Shipping Cabotage Act No 5 2003 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria and punishable under same Act.

Related Posts

Fidelity LeaderboardFidelity Leaderboard

The charge read: “that you, John Patani and others now at large on or about February 9, 2020, at Offshore Escravos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, was the Engineer on board a vessel, MT De Praise, that was without due registration and licence from appropriate authority, piloted in Nigerian territorial waters and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 of the Coastal and Inland Shipping Cabotage Act No 5 2003 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2007 and punishable under Section 40 of the same Act”.

The convict pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him. In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, Austin Ozigbo, prayed the court to convict and sentence the defendant accordingly. However, defence counsel, Joshua Solomon, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy, as he said his client has become remorseful and has promised never to return to the crime.

Justice Oshomah, thereafter, convicted and sentenced the defendant to three years imprisonment or an option of N2, 000,000 (Two Million Naira only) fine.



DISCLAIMER : Opinion articles are solely the responsibility of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of the publishers of ElombahNews!


Would you like to be receiving ALL Elombah.com links ‘On The Go’ on WhatsApp Or Telegram? If yes, join us here on WhatsApp or Telegram, or provide us your Telephone number via publisher@elombah.com or sms/inbox +2349050382526 and you are good to go!


DOWNLOAD The ElombahNews (Elombah.com) Mobile App Here


Send eyewitness accounts/ reports/ articles  to publisher@elombah.com; follow us on twitter @ElombahNews; like our Facebook page: ElombahNews


For adverts & inquiries, call +447460770987, +2349050382526

You may be interested

Family left in shock after their house gate gets stolen
Gossip
Gossip

Family left in shock after their house gate gets stolen

admin - September 23, 2020

There are many cases of people waking up to find their car, generator, parts of their car, and other electronics…

Gossip

#BBNaija: “I constantly wake up to threats” – Wathoni

admin - September 23, 2020

Ex-BBNaija lockdown housemate, Wathoni Anyansi has revealed that she constantly wakes up to threats. Taking to her social media page,…

How Gov Bala Is Fighting Redundancy In Bauchi State – By Bilyaminu Gambo Kong-kol
News
1 views
News
1 views

How Gov Bala Is Fighting Redundancy In Bauchi State – By Bilyaminu Gambo Kong-kol

admin - September 23, 2020

/* custom css */ .tdi_75_185.td-a-rec{ text-align: center; }.tdi_75_185 .td-element-style{ z-index: -1; }.tdi_75_185.td-a-rec-img{ text-align: left; }.tdi_75_185.td-a-rec-img img{ margin: 0 auto 0…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.