Fuel Souvenirs: Lagos Socialite Pleaded Guilty, Sentenced Accordingly

A Magistrate Court sitting in Oshodi area of Lagos state, based on the evidences, has charged Lagos socialite Ms. Ogbulu Chindinma Pearl on a three count charge, and ordered her to pay a fine of N15,000 (fifteen thousand naira) or face three months imprisonment on the first count charge, pay a fine of N500,000 (five hundred thousand) or face one year imprisonment on the second count charge.

 

Magistate Kehinde Ogundare, who presided over the case on Thursday, also ordered Ms. Ogbulu to pay a fine of N500,000 (five hundred thousand naira) or face one year imprisonment on the third count charge.

 


This decision to sanction Ms. Ogbulu was followed by her “momentarily indiscretion” to distribute Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) aka, fuel, as souvenirs during her chieftaincy installation, as the Erelu Okin of Orile Kemta on the 5th of March, 2022.

 

Although Ms. Ogbulu Chindinma Pearl has apologized for her actions calling it a “momentarily indiscretion”, the Lagos state government had condemned her action which was considered to be “blatantly against all safety measures…” and capable of causing “loss of lives and property” in strong terms.

 

At the hearing of the suit on 24th March, 2022, the defendant who initially pleaded ‘not guilty,’ changed her plea from ‘not guilty’ to ‘guilty’ on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd count charges respectively.

 

Chief Magistrate Ogundare, having proven the charges against the socialite (defendant) beyond reasonable doubt, therefore convicted, and sentenced her accordingly for distributing fuel souvenirs at her event which took place at the Havilah Events Centre, Oniru, in Lagos state.

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