Lagos socialite, Ms Ogbulu Chindinma Pearl was on Thursday sentenced to cumulative two-year imprisonment (with an option of fine) by Chief Magistrate Kehinde Ogundare of the Special Offences (Mobile) Court sitting in Oshodi.
The defendant was earlier arraigned on the 14th of March, 2022 for the offence of distributing Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) as a souvenir during her installation party on the 5th of March, 2022 at Havillah Event Centre, Lagos.
The offence violates Section 251(1), 168 (1), 244 of the Criminal Code Law of Lagos State, 2015 and Section 195 (2)(b) of the Environmental Management Protection Law of Lagos State 2017.
The court in its judgment sentenced the defendant as follows:(1) To pay a fine of Fifteen Thousand Naira (N15, 000. 00) only or 3 months imprisonment on the first count. (2) fine of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000.00) only
or one-year imprisonment on the second count. (3) fine of Five Hundred Thousand Naira N500, 000.00) only or one-year imprisonment on the third count.
At the hearing of the suit on 24th March 2022, the defendant changed her plea from not guilty to guilty on the first, second and third count charges.
The presiding Chief Magistrate, Kehinde Ogundare, held that the prosecution has successfully proven the charge against the defendant beyond reasonable doubt and thereby convicted and sentenced her accordingly.