Court sentences Pakistan, Brazil-based drug pushers

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By SundiataPOST, Abuja

Gladys Olotu of the Federal High Court, Abuja Tuesday sentenced Victor Mgbeobuna seven years’ imprisonment for trafficking I.6 kilo grammes of heroine.

Delivering judgment, Olotu held that the prosecution was able convince the court by proving the charge brought against the .

“It is in the record before me that Victor Mgbeobuna contravened the NDLEA Act, having confessed bringing into the country 1.6 kg heroine en route from Pakistan.

“The court does take judicial notice of the confessional statement of the offender and all other exhibits that tend to support the allegation.

“In view of the admission of the act by the accused person, the court finds him guilty as charged and convicted of the offence.

“In the circumstance, the accused person is sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment.

“It is therefore ordered that the seized substance be returned to the NDLEA custody for destruction,’’ she said.

In a related development, Olotu sentenced Brazil-based Okechukwu Orieukwu to two years’ imprisonment for unlawful traffic in 250 kilo grammes of cocaine.

According to the , Orieukwu got a lower sentence because the court believed a syndicate coerced him into engaging in the act.

“I have read the confessional statement of the accused person as well as studied closely his oral testimony and seem to be convinced that Orieukwu was actually coerced and threatened by a group to commit the act.

“It is as the result of that his counsel, Mr J.O Kenkong, drew the attention of the court to Section 32 of the Criminal Code Act.”

The further held that having agreed to transact the illicit business without showing evidence that were alerted, “you become liable and would not be set free.

“It is clear that you have shown physical remorse from the way you weep like a baby; nonetheless, you are found guilty of the offence.’’

The prosecutor, Mrs Sadatu Mark, told the court that the swallowed 18 raps of cocaine out of the 120 raps found in his possession.

Mark said Orieukwu was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International , Abuja in April board an Ethiopian Airline en route for Brazil.

Pleading for leniency behalf of the , Kenkong said his client “is the only child of his parents and has a wife and five ’’.

Lord, the convict has persistently said that he was threatened death he refuse to embark on the trip the substance.

Lord, it is pertinent to state that it was client reported himself to the officials of the NDLEA at the , and since then he has supported (cooperated) in the investigation.

“I therefore plead for mercy of the court to rely on Section 32 of the Criminal Code Act in sentencing him; maybe a caution or year’ imprisonment to serve as deterrent,’’ he said.