Justice Okunnu had on January 13,
2017 convicted Ugo-Ngali, Ontario Oil and Gas Limited and its Chairman, Mr.
Walter Wagbatsoma, of eight counts pressed against them by the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission.
The Lagos State High Court in Ikeja on
Thursday also sentenced the Managing Director of Ontario Oil and Gas Limited,
Mrs. Ada Ugo-Ngali, to a jail term of 69 years for a fuel subsidy fraud of
The judge ordered the return of the
N754m to the Federal Government.
The judge had been unable to pass
the sentence on the judgment day as Ugo-Ngali slumped in court after being
convicted and just before the judge could pass the sentence.
The convict was subsequently rushed
out of the courtroom and taken to Havannah Hospital in Surelere from where she
was later moved to the intensive care unit of the Lagos State University
Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba.
Ugo-Ngali came to court on Thursday
straight from LUTH and on a wheel chair, with plasters on her body.
In passing the sentence, Justice
Okunnu rejected the plea of the convict’s lawyer, Mr. Edoka Onyeke, praying
that the sentence should be non-custodial in view of his client’s health.
“I have considered the plea of the
defence counsel for a non-custodial sentence of the 2nd defendant. ”I have to
say that the request to grant a non-custodial sentence must be rejected and I
can only exercise my discretion on the length of time the convict will spend in
prison,” Justice Okunnu held.
She subsequently sentenced the
convict to a cumulative jail term of 69 years, which would, however, run concurrently
for only 10 years.
The judge said the jail term would
begin to read from January 13, 2017, when Ugo-Ngali and her accomplices were