Funke Busari, Lagos
Not less than 126 Nigerians involved in drug trafficking and drug related crimes have been jailed in series of convictions by the Directorate of Prosecution and Legal Services of the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
The recorded convictions across Nigeria in quest to deter illicit trade of drug trafficking according to Femi Babafemi, Director, Media & Advocacy of the agency was achieved between January and February 2021, which had over 43 years jail terms handed down to drug criminals.
In Ondo State capital, Akure, Musa Ibrahim was convicted for trafficking 40 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa.
The offence earned him judgement of 16 and a half years plus two months imprisonment from a Federal High Court in the state capital in charge number FHC/AK/10C/2021.
In Bauchi state, Ibrahim Haladu was also sent to jail for trafficking 6.7kg of cannabis. He is to stay in jail for 15 years according to the judgement by Justice Hassan Dikko of Federal High Court, Bauchi, in charge number FHC/BAU/CR/22/2010.
Haruna Aliya was not spared for trafficking 609kilogrammes of cannabis, he was sent to prison for five years by Justice Dikko.
Also in Plateau State capital, Jos, Eke Chibuke and Idan Kenneth were found guilty of trafficking Tramadol and Diazepam, and being in unlawful possession of 220 grammes of cannabis, 4.3 grammes of Tramadol, 3.3 grammes of Rophynol accordingly.
Chibuke bagged 5 years while Kenneth was handed down 2 years on all three count charges on each count offences.
In Kano alone, 18 persons were sent to jail while five persons in Imo and Abia states but four persons in Gombe.
Meanwhile Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) is commending the Agency’s Directorate of Prosecution and Legal Services for the diligent prosecution of the cases and charged them to do more so that such convictions will serve as deterrence to those that may want to be attracted to the illicit trade of drug trafficking.