Court sentences man to 2 years imprisonment for smuggling hard drugs to prison inmate

As court orders arrest of fleeing drug dealer

A middle aged man, Adamu Muhammed, has been convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment, by a Federal High Court, Lagos, for smuggling Indian hemps and Tramadol to an inmate of the Ikoyi Facility of Nigerian Correctional services (NCS).

The convict was arrested by the men of NCS on June 10, 2019, by the men of Correctional Services with 450 grams of Indian hemps also called marijuana and 5 grams of Tramadol, while attempting to deliver them to an inmate of the facility named Anas Musa.

Upon his arrest, he was handed over to the men of National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), who brought him before the court sometimes in December, 2019, on two counts charge of unlawful possession of the said banned weeds and drugs.

The offences, according to the prosecutor, Mr. Fingere Dinneys at contrary to 20(1)(a) and punishable under Section 20(2)(a) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The convict had pleaded guilty, when first arraigned before the court and asked court leniency while also promised not to engage in had drug peddling.

Sentencing the convict on Wednesday, Justice Rilwan Aikawa sentenced him to two years imprisonment starting from when he was arrested.

Justice Aikawa admonished the convict to use his jail years to turn a new leaf and desist from aiding crimes.

In related development, Justice Muhammed Liman of Federal High Court, Lagos, has ordered all security agencies, especially, the National Drug Laws Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), to arrested a suspected fleeing drug courier, Ezenna Walter Echezona.

The suspect’s arrest order by Justice Liman was sequel to his persistence refusal and failure to appear before the court to answer drug related criminal charge slammed on him by the NDLEA.

The judge also ordered the sureties that stood for the fleeing drug courier, to appear before the court at the next adjourned date and show cause so that they will not forfeit the bail sums and other conditions to the government of Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Justice Liman made the orders on Wednesday, after the defendant failed to appear before the court for trial.

At the resumed trial of the defendant on Wednesday, his lawyer, Anthony Nnamoko, informed the court that he called him on Tuesday and informed him of the day’s proceedings, adding that the defendant assured him of been in court.

But Justice Liman, after perusing the court’s record, noted that the defendant has never appear before the court since he was granted bail.

The judge also noted that at the last hearing of the matter, the prosecutor, Mr. Abu Ibrahim, applied for a bench warrant against the defendant and his sureties.

Consequently, Justice Liman held: “the defendant has failed to appear before this court for his trial since he was granted bail.

“At the last hearing on January 15, 2020, the prosecutor, did apply for a bench warrant against the defendant but declined to grant the application.

“Today again, the defendant is not in court. Bench warrant is hereby issued against the defendant. All security agencies are hereby ordered to get him arrested and bring him before this court.

“The defendant’s sureties are to appear before this court and show cause why they will not forfeit the bail sum to the Federal government of Nigeria”.

The defendant was arrested on November 25, 2019, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, during outward clearance of Ethiopia Airline Flight to China through Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with 380 grams of cocaine.

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