A Federal High Court, Lagos, today, convicted and sentenced two cargo handlers with the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO), Omoyemi Opeyemi Emmanuel and Akinyemi Sadudeen Idowu, for unlawful dealing in 25.220 kilograms of Ephedrine, a banned substance, to two year imprisonment each.
Emmanuel and Idowu, were given the jail term, by Justice Ayo Emmanuel, after they had pleaded to a count charge of the offence leveled against them by the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
The convicts were arraigned alongside one Adetutu Afeez Alade, who had however pleaded not guilty to the charge, when they were all arraigned before the court.
The two convicts, according to the NDLEA prosecutor, Barrister Abu Ibrahim, had told the court that the convicts and Alade, were arrested on April 17, 2018, while in possession of the said banned drug.
He also told the court that the offence committed by all the defendants contravened Table 1, Second Schedule of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act, Cap N30, laws of the federation of Nigeria, 2004, and punishable under section 11(c) of the Act.
While Emmanuel and Idowu pleaded guilty to the allegation, Alade denied involving in the allegation.
Following the guilty plea of Emmanuel and Idowu today, Justice Ayo-Emmanuel, sentenced the duo to two years imprisonment each.
The judge ordered that jail term commence from the date of the convicts’ arrest
Charge against the convicts reads: That you 1. Omoyemi Opeyemi Emmanuel, Adetutu Afeez Alade, Akinyerni Sadudeen Idowu Male, Adults on or about the 17th day of April 2018 dealt in 25.220 kilogrammes of Ephedrine, a prohibited substance listed in Table 1, Second Schedule of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act, Cap N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and you thereby committed, an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 11(c) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act (supra)”.