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Court Jails Brazil Returnee For Trafficking 13. 2kg Of Cocaine

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Justice Nicholas Oweibo of a Lagos Federal High Court, on Friday, convicted and sentenced a Brazil returnee, Akudirinwa Hilary Uchenna, to two years imprisonment for trafficking in 13.2 kilograms of Cocaine.

The 53 years old convict has been standing trial before the court since June 6, 2022, on two count charge of conspiracy and trafficking in the prohibited substance.

During the arraignment, the prosecutor, Mrs. Juliana Imaobong Iroabuchi, had told the court that the convict was arrested with the banned substance, on April 9, 2022, during the inward clearance of passengers on Qatar Airways from Brazil to Nigeria at the D – Arrival Hall of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja.

She also told the court that the convict conspired with the duo of Chima and Enyi, who both reside in Brazil to commit the Illicit acts.

She told the court that the offences committed by the convict, contravened 11(b) and 14(b) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act, Cap N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The convict however, denied the allegations and pleaded not to the charges.

Based on his plea, he was admitted to bail on various terms and conditions, but was unable to meet the bail terms, hence he has been in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS).

However, at the resumed trial of Friday, the convict elected to change his plea from not guilty to guilty hence the court ordered that the charge be re-read to him for his plea to be retaken.

Upon re-reading of the charge, he pleaded guilty to same and the prosecutor reviewed the facts of the charge.

Consequently, Justice Oweibo sentenced him to two years imprisonment.

The judge, while orderinh the convict to pay fine option of N3 million, however ordered the convict’s jail-term begins since when he was arraigned.

The judge also ordered that the sum of N3.352 million, domiciled in Zenith Bank account number 2176669335, which was said to be proceeds of the illicit drug, be finally forfeited to the federal government of Nigeria.

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