Lagos - A Federal High Court in Lagos on
Monday sentenced a 38-year-old man, Chibueze Onedigbo, to 10 years in prison
for drug trafficking.
Oneigbo, a businessman, was arraigned by the National Drug
Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) a one-count charge of drug trafficking on Aug.
Justice Musa Kurya, in his judgment, said that the sentence
was in line with the sentencing guideline recently released for Federal High
"I have considered all the above, and I am of the view that
the prosecution has discharged its burden of proof.
"I have listened to the plea for leniency by the accused,
and have taken into consideration all that has been said. In any case, the
court is duty bound to sentence the accused having found him guilty.
"Moreso, the court is guided by the sentencing guideline
recently released for Federal High Court judges.
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"Consequently, I hereby sentence the accused to 10 years
imprisonment, from the day of this judgment. "The drug exhibits in custody of the NDLEA are to be
destroyed within 30 days, if there is no appeal against this judgment,’’ he
The convict had pleaded not guilty to the charge and was
granted bail in the sum of five million naira with one surety in like sum.
The NDLEA Prosecutor, Mr Linus Nor, had told the court that
the convict was arrested on April 7, 2013, at the Murtala Mohammed
Nor said that about 210 grammes of cocaine was recovered
from the convict during the outward clearance of passengers on board a Qatar
He said that the convict had concealed the drug substance in
a black leather bag and was thereafter, handed over to the agency for
According to him, the offence contravenes the provisions of
Sections 11 (b) of the NDLEA Act, Cap N30 Laws of the Federation, 2004.
NAN reports that the offence of drug trafficking could
attract up to a term of life imprisonment if found guilty.The NDLEA called two witnesses to prove its case
against the convict.