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Drug Trafficking: Nigerian Court commits 2 notorious drug barons to life imprisonment

Convicted Cocoaine Traffickers Bag Life Imprisonment

*The Federal High Court, in Abuja, sentences Uwaezuoke Ikenna Christian and Agbo Chidike Prince, two notorious drug kingpins, to life imprisonment for illegal trafficking in cocaine across several continents of the world

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Sequel to years of their illegal exploits of criminal enterprise of exporting cocaine across continents of the world, and recent arrests cum prosecution by Nigeria’s National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the anti-narcotics regulatory agency says certain Uwaezuoke Ikenna Christian and Agbo Chidike Prince, two notorious drug kingpins will spend the rest of their lives in jail.

Mr. Femi Babafemi, Director of Media and Advocacy at NDLEA, who disclosed this development in a statement issued Sunday, April 28, 2024, said that the journey of Uwaezuoke, a 43-year-old businessman, to a lifetime in jail began when he was first arrested by NDLEA operatives March 19, 2022, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, FCT.

Babafemi stated the drug convict was apprehended during the inward clearance of Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia, after he was found to have ingested 100 big wraps of cocaine weighing 2.243 kilograms.

The agency noted: “He was subsequently arraigned at the Federal High Court, Abuja Division in charge number FHC/ABJ/CR/438/2022 and was granted bail on certain conditions after he pleaded not guilty.

“He thereafter absconded, leading the court to revoke his bail and issue an arrest warrant against him.

“In a curious twist, Uwaezuoke was again arrested by NDLEA operatives on 1st August 2023, at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos while attempting to export 1.822 kilograms of cocaine to India through ingestion using a different passport and under a different name, Ilonzeh Kingsley Onyebuchi.”

Babafemi also explained that “he was again, arraigned before Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court, Lagos Division in charge number FHC/L/554C/2023. He pleaded guilty to the two counts charge and was convicted and sentenced on 18th October, 2023, to a total term of seven years of imprisonment or a fine of ₦1, 500,000.00.

“He paid the fine and was transferred to Abuja to face the importation case pending against him.

“He was re-arraigned on 20th March 2024 at the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court in charge number FHC/ABJ/CR/438/2022 before Justice Joyce Obehi Abdulmalik, where he pleaded guilty again.

“Despite his plea, the court, noting his lack of remorse, the seriousness of drug-related offences and the fact that he is a repeated offender, convicted and sentenced him to life imprisonment.”

As regards the case of 42-year-old Agbo Chidike Prince, Babafemi said he was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja during the outward clearance of Ethiopian Airlines flight to Hong Kong October 21, 2023, for ingesting 49 wraps of cocaine weighing 998.73grams.

The statement also noted: “Upon his arraignment before Justice Joyce Obehi Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court, Abuja Division, the defendant pleaded guilty to the one count charge, prompting the prosecution to present evidence and review the facts of the case.

“Despite the plea of allocutus by the defendant’s counsel, the court, noting the nature of the case and the commercial quantity of the drug, emphasised the seriousness of drug-related offences, convicted and sentenced the defendant on 15th April, 2024 to life imprisonment.”

In a related development, the NDLEA said its officers at the gate C departure hall of the Lagos airport on Friday 26th April arrested a passenger, Yahaya Danjuma Oturah, while attempting to export 4,000 pills of tramadol 225mg to Malpensa, Italy on an Ethiopian Airline flight.

Babafemi said: “The psychoactive substance was found concealed in women wears and granulated melon packed in the suspect’s backpack and another bag containing food items.

“In his statement, Oturah who is a frequent flyer confessed he was hired to courier the drug for 700 Euros on successful delivery of the consignment in Italy.

“In Bayelsa, NDLEA operatives on Wednesday 24th April arrested 28-year-old Jennifer Iliya at Amarata area of Yenagoa for producing and distributing cakes laced with illicit drugs especially cannabis sativa.

“At the time of her arrest, substantial number of the drugged cakes weighing 1.5kg were recovered from her.

“A 20-year-old hair stylist, Josephine Odunu and a dispatch rider, Edesemi Ikporo, 30, had been arrested on Sunday 10th March by NDLEA operatives for in Yenagoa for a similar offence.”

It further noted: “Two suspects: Joseph Dadik, 47, and Bensha Yari, 32, were arrested with 24,180 ampoules of pentazocine injection weighing 135.5 kilograms at Sabon Tasha, Kaduna, while Adamu Umar, 18, was nabbed with 20.700kg cannabis when his house in Shuware area of Mubi, Adamawa state was raided on Friday 26th April.

“No less than 310.7kg cannabis was recovered on Thursday 25th April when NDLEA operatives raided parts of Mushin in Lagos state. While 300kg was seized at Olatunji Street, Mushin, 10.7kg of same substance was retrieved from two suspects: Tijani Wasiu and Suleiman Aisha at Anifowose, Mushin.

“While Stanley Chukwudi, 43, was arrested with 5,900 ampoules of pentazocine injection at Sabon Gari area of Kano State on Thursday 25th April, a couple, Fredrick Odion, 53, and Gladys Odion, 52, were nabbed with 50kg cannabis at Iruekpen, Esan west LGA, Edo state by NDLEA officers on Wednesday 24th April.”

The agency stated: “With the same zeal, the various commands of the Agency across the country continued with the War Against Drug Abuse, WADA, advocacy campaign in the past week.

“Some of them include: WADA sensitisation lecture for students and staff of Federal Government College, Nise, Anambra; Royal Institute of Health Technology, Ifo, Ogun state; Akpugo-Eze High School, Oji-River, Enugu; Modibbo Adama University, Yola, Adamawa; and Jubilee Secondary School, Ore, Ondo state, among others.

“While commending the officers and men of the Directorate of Prosecution and Legal Services of the Agency for the diligent prosecution of Uwazuoke and Agbo cases, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) said the success rate of cases prosecuted by the agency has shown that there’s no escape route for those involved in the illicit trade of drug trafficking.

Marwa also commended the officer and men at the MMIA, Lagos, Kaduna, Kano, Edo, Adamawa and Bayelsa Commands as well as their counterparts in all the commands across the country “for intensifying their drug supply and drug demand reduction activities,” the NDLEA stated.

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