Nigerian court sends 14 foreigners to jail for oil smuggling
The 14 foreign nationals received sentences for the crime, ranging from 2 to 5 years in prison for the unlawful smuggling of 1,738 tonnes of crude oil.
They were also charged and sentenced for the smuggling of 4,500 tonnes of petrol. Some measures of gasoline were also found on their boat.
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The unfavourable economic climate in Nigeria has recently led to a considerable increase in crime.
In the past, most oil smuggling offenders are usually let off with a fine.
But this time, the foreign offenders in this case felt the full force of the law.
Such was the magnitude of their crime that their vessel was also confiscated by security personnel.