A businessman, Kingsley Ogala, on Tuesday, bagged twelve months imprisonment without option of fine for purchasing minerals without lawful authority.
Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin sentenced the convict following his guilty plea before the court.
Ogala and one Isah Musa were prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a 3-count charge of possession of 30 tonnes of mineral without lawful authority.
Count one of the charge reads, “That you, Isah Musa and Kingsley Ogala sometime in September 2022, in Ilorin Kwara State, within the Judicial Division of the Federal High Court did conspire amongst yourselves to commit an offence to wit: without lawful authority, came into possession of 30 tons of mineral conveyed in truck with Registration Number KNT482XA and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offence Act 1983 and punishable under Section 1(8) (b) of the same Act”
Isah pleaded not guilty while Ogala pleaded guilty upon arraignment.
Rashidat Alao, who prosecuted the case on behalf of the anti-graft agency, tendered documents to prove the case and urged the court to convict the second defendant (Ogala) and also give a trial date to prove its case against the first defendant (Isah)
In his judgment ,Justice Sani, said that the prosecution had proved its case against Ogala and convicted him as charged.
The Judge sentenced him to six months imprisonment each on count one and three which would run concurrently. The court also ordered the final forfeiture of the 30 tonnes of the illegally bought mineral to the Federal Government.
In Isah’s case, who pleaded not guilty, the judge fixed March 15, 2023 for commencement of trial of his case.