Lagos socialite, Ogbulu Chidinma Pearl who was arrested for distributing Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly known as petrol, as souvenirs during her installation party, has been jailed for 27 months.
It will be recalled that photos from the party held on 5th of March, 2022 which were trending online showed ten litres gallons of fuel bearing the socialite’s image with name, as well as the event that she hosted.
Judging the case, the Chief Magistrate Kehinde Ogundare however gave her an option of fine totalling N1,015,000.
She was arraigned on the 14th of March at the Special Offences (Mobile) Court sitting at Oshodi before Chief Magistrate Kehinde Ogundare, where she pleaded not guilty.
She changed her plea on Thursday from not guilty to guilty on the three counts.
The offences were found to have violated section 251(1), 168 (1), and 244 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 as well as Section 195 (2)(b) of the Environmental Management Protection Law of Lagos State 2017.
On the first count, the court sentenced the defendant to 3months imprisonment with a fine option of N15,000 (fifteen thousand naira).
On the second count, she was handed one-year imprisonment with a fine option of N500,000 (five hundred thousand).
While the third count got her one-year imprisonment with a fine option of N500,000 (five hundred thousand naira).