The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos and Ogun states have sentenced six suspected drug traffickers to to a total of 156 years imprisonment for offences bordering on drug dealing, transportation, and conspiracy to transport illicit substances. The cases were filed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
According to a statement on Tuesday by the spokesman of the anti-narcotics agency, Femi Babafemi, the worse hit is a 27-year-old drug dealer, Ahmed Abdulsabur who was arrested in 2022 by NDLEA operatives and prosecuted in charge number FHC/AB/20C/2022 at the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, presided over by Hon. Justice Joyce Obehi Abdulmalik.
Babafemi said delivering her judgment on the six counts charge brought against Ahmed, Justice Abdulmalik convicted and sentenced him to 10 years imprisonment on each count, bringing the total number of his jail term to 60.
In a similar ruling, Justice Abdulmalik also sentenced another dealer, Olumide Elegbede, 32, to 20 years jail term; 10 years for each of the two counts charge brought against him in charge number: FHC/AB/128C/2I. The judge ruled that the years of imprisonment in both cases will run concurrently.
He also said at the Federal High Court in Lagos, where the quartet of: Okechukwu Umeh; Lanre Adebayo; Adigun Adeshina and Emmanuel Omijeh were arraigned on three counts in charge number FHC/L/87c/2023, the trial judge, Justice Akintayo Aluko on Thursday 16th March convicted and sentenced each of them to five years on count one; seven years each on counts two and three. This brings the total number of years for each of them to 19 years jail term and the four of them to 76 years imprisonment.
He said while the judge ruled that the sentences should run concurrently, he also gave the four convicts the option of paying N20 million in lieu of the jail terms. This is in addition to granting the application by the NDLEA for the final forfeiture of a white colour Ford bus with registration number: PHC 315 ZT, used in conveying 532.8 kilogrammes of Loud variant of cannabis on the day of their arrest, Sunday 22nd January 2023 along Lagos/ Ibadan expressway. The court also granted the final forfeiture of N3 million
offered as bribe by the convicts to NDLEA officers.
He added that the drugs concealed with ‘take away’ food packs in 19 big cartons were seized in the white Ford bus heading to Port Harcourt, Rivers state along Lagos-Ibadan expressway at 2:35am on Sunday 22nd January, noting that the convicts: Okechukwu Umen, 41; Lanre Ismaila, 47; Adeshina Fatai, 50; and Emmanuel Omijeh, 42, were arrested in connection with the seizure and N3 million offered as bribe kept as part of the exhibits for their prosecution.