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Court jails man 15 years for trafficking marijuana

A Federal High Court in Lagos has sentenced one
Egbutiegbo Aloysius to a jail term of 15 years for trafficking
marijuana without lawful authority.

Aloysius, a businessman and a father of five, was convicted
and sentenced by Justice Mohammed Idris.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, which
arraigned Aloysius on one count of trading illegally in hard
drug, told the court that the convict was caught with 19.80
kilogrammes of Cannabis Sativa, otherwise called

The convict was said to have been apprehended on June 12,
2014, at the departure hall of the Murtala Muhammed
International Airport, Ikeja, with the illicit substance which
the NDLEA said he had intended to export to China.
NDLEA charged Aloysius for contravening Section 11(a) of
NDLEA Act, Cap N30, Law of the Federation of Nigeria,

Though he had pleaded not guilty upon his arraignment, the
convict, however, elected to change his plea to guilty after
he was remanded in prison because he did not meet the
conditions attached to the bail given to him by the court.
Following his change of plea, the NDLEA prosecutor, Mary
Eke, reviewed the facts of the case during which she
tendered various exhibits and a report of the test on the illicit

Before the verdict was pronounced, the defence counsel,
Sunday Obunor, urged the court to temper justice with

The judge, however, said, “I only show mercy to those that
take hard drugs either on health ground or otherwise, but
not for those that deal in it.

“I give you 15 years, effective from the first day of your

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