Court Jails Ekwueme 5 Years For Drug Trafficking

A drug trafficker, Osahon Ekwueme Alex, was today convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment for trafficking in tramadol and cannabis sativa, popularly called marijuana.

Osahon was given the jail-term by Justice Tijjani Ringim, after he pleaded guilty to a two count-charge of unlawful export of 600 grammes of Tramadol 225mg and 400 grammes of marijuana.

The convict was brought before Justice Ringim by the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for the offences 

NDLEA’s prosecutor, Mr. Augustine Nwagu, had told the court that the convict was arrested with the prohibited substances on October 5, 2022, at NAHCO Export Shed of Murtala Mohammed International Airport, |keja, Lagos.

Nwagu had also told the court that the convict intends exporting the ‘cargo’ to Dubai, one United Arab Emirates (UAE) cities.

The prosecutor had told the court the offences committed by the convict contravened sections 20(1)(a) and punishable under Section 20(2)(a) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The convict had pleaded guilty to the charges when he was arraigned before the court on last Wednesday.

At the resumed hearing of the charge today, the prosecutor, after reviewing the facts of the charge, urged the court to sentence him in accordance with section 274(2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015.

But the convict, in his allucutor pleaded with the court to tamper justice with mercy in sentencing him.

The convict through his client told the court that he was misled by client and that he had learnt his lesson in a very hard way and has remain remorseful.

He pleaded with the court for non-custodian sentence or an option of fine in lieu of the jail time.

However, Justice Ringim in his judgment, after citing plethoras of legal authorites, sentenced the convict to five years in count one without an option of fine, while also sentenced him to five years in count two but with an option of N500, 000.

The judge also ordered that the bulk of banned substances seized from the convcit be destroyed by NDLEA if there is no appeal against the judgment within the period stipulated by the law.