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Court sentences man ’25’ for selling adulterated palm oil

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A man ’25’ has been sentenced to two months imprisonment for selling adulterated palm oil in Odo state.

The Ondo State Magistrate Court sitting in Ondo town sentenced 25-year-old farmer, Hassan Kazeem on Monday.

The suspect was brought before the court for mixing two kegs of palm oil with chemicals and water, selling it to unsuspecting customers as palm oil.

The offence was committed on August 22, 2021, at about 6 pm, at Sabo market, Ondo.

The accussed who sold out the adulterated palm oil at the rate of N34,000, pleaded guilty to the charge, asking the court to forgive him with a promise not to commit the crime again.

He added that he needed some money to settle some domestic issues and had to find means to the needs of his family while it was getting late.

He said “I was looking for N32,000 to travel around to search for my missing wife and children who travelled to our home town and did not hear from them.

“I need to gather some cash to look for them that is why I had to adulterate the palm oil because I have no one to borrow from.”

The Police Prosecutor, ASP. Iyabo Omolara charged the court to give judgment according to the plea of the accused.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Toyin Olowookere, in her judgment, found the accused guilty and sentenced him to two months imprisonment without the option of a fine.

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