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3 jailed in Lagos for drug trafficking

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For illegally dealing in restricted drugs, a Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday convicted and jailed three men.

Justice Kehinde Ogundare, convicted and sentenced Kazeem Mustapha, Andrew Ukelere and Anthony Chinemerem.

The three men were arraigned by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on two-counts bordering on drug trafficking to which they pleaded guilty.

Following the pleas, the court reviewed the facts of the case, with NDLEA counsel, Ms Ifeoma Erondu,  tendering several exhibits in support of prosecution’s case.

She urged the judge to convict the three men based on their guilty pleas and evidence before the court.

The judge admitted the exhibits in evidence and  convicted them.

He sentenced Mustapha and Ukelere to two years imprisonment with an option of N250,000 fine, each, on count one.

On count two, the judge sentenced Mustapha and Chinemerem to one year imprisonment with an option of N100,000 fine, each.

He directed that the terms of imprisonment should run concurrently while the fines should be cumulative.

According to NDLEA, the convicts committed the offences on March 19 on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The agency said that Mustapha and Ukelere illegally trafficked in 13.9kg of Tramadol, adding that Mustapha and Chinemerem trafficked in 590 litres of Pentazocine.

Drug trafficking contravenes Section 11(b) of the NDLEA Act of  2004.

 

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