Drug Dealing: Court Sends ‘Widow’ To 6 Month Community Service With N2m Fine 

A woman 42 year-old woman, Isioma Ogaonye, has been convicted and sentenced to six months community service, by Justice Deinde Isaac Dipeolu of a Federal High Court, Lagos, for unlawful dealing in prohibited drugs.

Isioma, a mother of one, who also claimed to be widow, was ordered to perform the community service under the supervision of the officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the agency that prosecuted her for drug related offences.

In addition to the community service, Justice Dipeolu also ordered the convict to pay the sum of N2 million, in lieu two years of custodian sentence.

Justice Dipeolu gave the above verdicts of the convict, after she pleaded guilty to the offences slammed on her by the anti-narcotic agency.

The convicted ‘widow’, according to the prosecutor, Juliana Negedu, was arrested on January 31, 2024, at Ogombo, Ajah area of Lagos State, with 766 grams of cannabis sativa, popularly called marijuana and 15 grams of Methamphetamine, a narcotic similar to Cocaine and heroin.

She told the court that the convict’s acts are punishable under sections  11 (c) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N 30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004. 

The convict admitted commiting the offences, after the charges were read to her. 

Consequently, the prosecutor urged the court to convict and sentence her in accordance to Sections of the law she was charged with.

But her counsel, Oke Ojakovo, in his allucutor, pleaded with the court to tamper justice with mercy, saying that the convict is a first time offender, who did not have any record of previous conviction.

Ojakovo, particularly pleaded with the court to give his client a fine option or community service in lieu of the custodian sentence.

Justice Dipeolu in his judgment, sentenced the convict to six months community service and to pay the sum of N2 million, in default to 2 years imprisonment