Federal High Court, Lagos presided over by Justice Mohammed Idris yesterday sentenced a businessman, and father of five children, Mr. Egbutiegbo Aloysius to 15 years imprisonment for trading in hard drugs.
The convict was arrested by the men of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, at the departure hall of Murtala Muhammad International Airport, on June 12, 2014, with 19.80 kilograms of Cannabis Sativa, popularly called marijuana, which he allegedly intended to export to China.
He was charged and arraigned before Justice Idris led-court on one count charge of unauthorized and unlawful dealing in hard drug, contrary to section 11(a) NDLEA Act, Cap N30 laws of the federation, 2004.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge, and admitted to bail, but was unable to meet the bail conditions.
At the resumed hearing of the matter on Monday, the convict changed his plea, and pleaded guilty to the one count charge.
Upon his change of plea, the prosecutor, Mary Eke, applied to court for review of the fact of the matter, and urged the court to convict the accused as charged.
The prosecution, after reviewing the facts of the matter, also tendered before the court some exhibits recovered from the convict, which included; two ECOWAS international passports, foreign currencies, and a big travelling bag where the hard drugs specifically, cocaine was packed, his confessional statement, and analysed test of the drugs.
Consequently, Justice Idris pronounced him guilty as charged.
Before sentencing the convict, his lawyer, Sunday Obunor, in his allucutus, urged the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing the convict.
He told the court that the convict was a first time offender with five children to cater for. And that he had been abandoned by the relations and friends since he was arrested and that was why he could not perfect the bail granted him.
Meanwhile, the anti-drug agency, yesterday, arraigned one Chinnedu Iliemena before Justice Saliu Saidu of a Lagos Federal High Court on one count charge of importing1.225 kilograms of cocaine into Nigeria.
The accused was arrested with the banned substance by the NDLEA operatives at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, during an inward clearance of passengers of Emirate Airlines from Dubai, United Arab Emirate.

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