Bizman Jailed 3 Years For Smuggling Marijuana To Dubai

A 25 year-old businessman, Wordu Hopewell Chukwuemeka, has been convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment, for unlawful export of 1.10 kilograms of Cannabis Sativa, a.k.a Marijuana, to Dubai, a city in United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The convicted businessman was given the jail-term by Justice Daniel Osiagor, after he pleaded guilty to a count charge of unlawful export made against him by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

NDLEA through its prosecutor, Mr. Augustine Nwagu, had brought the convict before the court on a count charge of the offence.

The prosecutor told the court that convict had on September 9, 2022, induced one Nwogu Samuel Chukwuemeka, to unlawfully export the said prohibited leaves.

He told the court that the convict was arrested with the drug at NAHCO Export Shed of Murtala Mohammed International Airport Ikeja, Lagos, during the examination and clearing of cargo for Emirate Airline Flight to Dubai.

He told the court that the action of the convict, contravened section 11(b) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. 

Justice Osiagor after listening to the prosecutor’s submission and the convict’s leniency plea, sentenced him to three years imprisonment.

The judge however gave the convict a fine of N300, 000, in lieu of the imprisonment. While also ordered the destruction of the seized drug, if there is no appeal against the judgment