Sun. Mar 26th, 2023

Court Sentences Hard Drugs Importer To 3 Years Imprisonment

Court Sentences Hard Drugs Importer To 3 Years Imprisonment

A hard drug importer, Mr. Edaita Steven Okey, was today sentenced to three years Imprisonment by Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke, for unlawful importation of 1.350 kilograms of cocaine.

Th convict was arrested by th operatives of he National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on October 11, 2019, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, during the inward Clearance of passengers on Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 901 from Brazil to Lagos via Addis Ababa.

Upon his arrest, he was brought before the judge on a count charge of unlawful importation of the said drug.

The offence, Mr. Abu Ibrahim, the NDLEA prosecutor, said contravened Section 11(a) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap. N30, Laws of the federation of Nigeria, 2004.

He admitted commiting the offence, consequently, the prosecutor after reviewing that fact of the case and tendered exhibits which includes th said drug, th convict’s international passport, his confessional statements and the report of laboratory test analysis conducted on the drug, urged the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.

However, his counsel, mr. E. U. Okenyi, pleased with the court to tamper Justice with mercy in sentencing his client, as he is a first time offender and that he did not waste the precious time of the court.

Delivering judgement on the charge today, Justice Aneke, sentenced the convict to three years Imprisonment and ordered that his international passport be confiscated by the Federal government and that the seized drug be destroyed by the NDLEA if there is no appeal against the judgement within the period stipulated by the law.