LADY, 5 OTHERS BAG 141 YEARS IMPRISONMENT FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING IN EDO, OGUN
The National Drug Law Enforcement (NDLEA) has secured the conviction of a 25-year-old lady, Chioma Okocha and five men: Ndubuisi John, Haruna Aliyu, Saddam Abdullahi, Bashir Usman, and Usman Ibrahim to a combined 141 years imprisonment for trafficking in Cocaine and Cannabis Sativa.
Federal High Courts sitting in Benin, Edo and Abeokuta, Ogun state, respectively, sentenced Chioma Okocha to 15 years in jail in a verdict given by Justice AC Obiozor for trafficking 200grams of crack cocaine following her arrest in Benin on 24th September, 2021 by operatives of the NDLEA.
She was subsequently arraigned in suit no. FHC/B/136c/2021. The convict pleaded guilty to a one-count charge when her case came up in court on Monday . The judge however granted her the option of paying N2million fine or spend 15 years in jail effective from 24th September when she was arrested.
The five men: Ndubuisi John, Haruna Aliyu, Saddam Abdullahi, Bashir Usman, and Usman Ibrahim were also convicted and sentenced to 126 years imprisonment by a Federal High Court in Abeokuta, presided over by Justice Ogunremi Omowunmi Oguntoyinbo in suit no. FHC/AB/105c/2021.
They were arrested on 14th of September 2021 along Lagos -Ibadan expressway with 46 bags of Cannabis Sativa weighing 552 kilograms in a truck and subsequently charged on three counts of transportation, possession and dealing in the illicit drug.
In her judgment, Justice Oguntoyinbo sentenced the 1st, 2nd and 3rd accused persons to 30 years imprisonment each while the driver of the truck bagged 21 years and the motor boy/driver's assistant 15 years in jail.
Ndubuisi, Haruna and Saddam were sentenced to 10 years on each count charge, Bashir got 7 years on each count and Usman 5 years on each count charge. The terms are to run concurrently.
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