NigeriaMan Sentenced For Hiding Cocaine In Airport Toilet

Man Sentenced For Hiding Cocaine In Airport Toilet

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Lagos, Nigeria – A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has awarded five-years jail term to Okafor Okwudili, a Brazil-Kenya returnee for hiding 2.55 kilograms of Cocaine in the toilet of Murtala Mo­hammed International Air­port, Ikeja Lagos.

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The convict was charged with offences bordering on conspiracy and unlawful importation of the narcotic and he has has been stand­ing trial before the court since 2022.

It was learnt that the convict was said to have conspired with one Awuga and one other person, who was said to be at large, on No­vember 11, 2021, in Brazil and Kenya, to smuggle the drug to Nigeria.

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The ‘courier’ whom the convict used in smuggling the narcotic, was said to have dropped it in the Airport’s toilet alongside the convict’s particulars, Daily Independent reports.

He was however arrested on November 13, 2021, on his arrival from Kenya, at the Murtala Muhammed Interna­tional Airport, Ikeja-Lagos. Upon thorough investigation and questioning, the convict admitted to being the owner of the drug.

His offences were said to have contravened Sections 14(b) and 11(b) of the Nation­al Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap. N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

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The convict had denied the charges and pleaded not guilty. At the resumed trial of the charge, the convict changed his earlier not-guilty plea and pleaded guilty to the charges.

Upon his guilty plea, the prosecutor, Mr. Abu Ibrahim, reviewed the facts of the charges and tendered some exhibits, which were admitted by the court. And also urged the court to convict and sen­tence him in accordance with the laws he was charged with.

However, the counsel to the convict, pleaded with the court to tamper justice with mercy in sentencing his client. The counsel particularly pleaded with the court, to award his client a fine option in lieu of a custodian sen­tence.

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Justice Daniel Osiagor, in his judgment, sentenced the convict to five years impris­onment.

The judge however ordered the convict to pay a fine of N1 million, in lieu of the custodi­an sentence. In addition to a monetary fine, the judge ordered the con­vict to perform three weeks of community service.

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