Drug trafficking: Trader gets 5 years imprisonment

A Federal High Court, Lagos has sentenced a trader, Ezeano Ifeoma, to five years imprisonment for trafficking a hard drug known as Methamphetamine.

The presiding judge, Justice Jude Dagat, after finding her guilty of one count charge of trafficking in 5 kilograms of Methamphetamine noted that the National Drug Laws Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, proved their case without reasonable doubt.

Justice Dagat also held that the defence put up by the convict was not enough to absolve her of the charge.

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Ifeoma popularly called Mama Chika, in Otto market, Lagos Mainland Local Government Area, Lagos, where she plied her trade, was arrested sometimes in November 2014, during the drug exportation to South Africa.

The charge, she pleaded not guilty to and admitted to bail in various terms.

During the course of the trial, NDLEA, through its lawyer, Mr Ichakpa Oigoga, called seven witnesses which include the arresting officer, investigating officer, forensic analyst as well as tendering the seized drug, the result of laboratory test of the drug.

Following the judge’s verdict, counsel to the convict, Mr Emmanuel Okenyi, in his allocation, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing his client.

Consequently, the judge pronounced the trader guilty as charged.

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