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Illicit Drug: 41-year-old Trader Bags 10 years Jail Term

A 41-year-old drug dealer, Eboro Joe Okwudili, was on Thursday, convicted and sentenced to 10 years jail term for drug trafficking.

The convict, who claimed to be trader on Lagos Island, was arraigned on a one count charge before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun led-court in November 2012, and pleaded not guilty to the offence.

But during his appearance in court today, changed his mind and admitted to have committed the offence.

Following his plea changing, the prosecutor, Fingere Dinneye, urged the court for review the fact of the case, and for his subsequent sentence.

In reviewing the fact of the crime, Fingere told the court that the convict was arrested in September 2012 by the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the departure hall of Murtala International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos, during the outward clearance of Ethiopian Airline flight to Addis Abba, with 4.285 kiligrams of Methamphetamine, a drug similar to Cocaine, Heroin and LSD without lawful authority.

The prosecutor also tendered as exhibit the convict's statement which he made to the NDLEA, the sum of $2000 USD, found on him when arrested, ECOWAS Passport, and the seized drug, which were admitted as exhibits.

Following his guilty plea and and the fact given by the prosecutor withe the exhibits tendered, the court convicted him as charged.

But the convict's lawyer, Mrs. Ekwegh Vivienne, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing her client.

Consequently, the presiding judge, Justice Olatoregun, in her judgement sentenced the accused to 10 years imprisonment.

She however gave the convict an option of N10 million fine.

The judge also ordered that the convict should forfeited the sum of $2000 found on him during his arrest to the Federal Government as well as his ECOWAS passport. And ordered that the seized drug be destroyed after 90 days if there is no appeal against the judgment.

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