Nine foreigners was sentenced to five year imprisonment each by the Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday for stealing 3,423.097 metric tonnes of crude oil from Nigeria.

He said it was the likes of the convicts, who were arrested by the Navy on March 27, that give Nigeria a bad name.

Justice Ibrahim Buba, however, gave each of them – five Filipinos and four Bangladeshi – an option of N20million fine.

They were tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on four counts of illegal dealing in petroleum products.

They are Axel Jabone, Zahirul Islam, Juanito Infantado, Suarin Alave, Gatila Gadayan, Islam Shahinul, Islam Rafiqul, Shaikh Nomany and Rolando Comendador.