Two former top prison officials will now spend the next three years with other inmates after they were found guilty of stealing petroleum products.
Former Deputy Comptroller of Prisons in charge of the Ugwashi-Ukwu Prisons, Diete Wure Wisdom, will spend the next three years in prison with the same people people he has been hounding for several years.
Wisdom was handed down the sentence by Justice C. O Ogisi of Delta State High Court, Sapele, on Wednesday February 25, 2015, alongside a Senior Inspector of Prison, Ayamede Peter, for stealing 27, 200 litres of automotive gas oil stored in exhibit trucks, left in the custody of the prison.
The duo were prosecuted at the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), on a 4-count charge on the strength of evidence that the they conspired to sell products in three exhibits trucks, namely Mack tanker with registration number XD 605 JJT and Man Diesel Lorries with registration numbers, XD 789 ENU and XD 620 FGG, filled with AGO.
One of the charges against the for prison offials read:
"That you Wisdom Wure Diete and Peter Ayamede, while being a Deputy Comptroller of Prisons in charge of Ogwashi-Uku prison and a Senior Inspector of Prison respectively on or about April 2012 at Ogwashi-Uku Judicial Division did steal 27, 200 litres of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) being the content of the 134 (One Hundred and Thirty Four) drums of 200 litres each loaded in a truck with registration number: XN 789 ENU, valued at about N4, 02,000.00 property of the Federal Republic of Nigeria kept for safe keeping with the Nigerian Prison Service Ogwashi-Uku which you were in charge and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 390 and punishable under Section 390 (5)(8)(b) & (9) of the Criminal Code Law CAP C21 Laws of Delta State of Nigeria 2006.”