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Drug Trafficking: Court Jails South Africa Returnee 38 Years


BY FRANCIS IWUCHUKWU


IKOYI, LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA - As a result of his involvement in trafficking in 5.10 kilogrammes of  banned hard drugs, Raji Issa Adio, a South Africa returnee, was on Tuesday (today), sentenced to 38 years imprisonment by Justice Chuka Obiozor of a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State, Nigeria.


Justice Chuka Obiozor arrived at the decision after finding Raji Issa Adio guilty of a three counts charge of conspiracy and unlawful possession of 5.10 kilogrammes of Heroine slammed against him by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).


It would be recalled that Raji Issa Adio was first arraigned before the court on the charges on December 7, 2017 and had pleaded not guilty to the charge.


In his judgment, Justice Chuka Obiozor declared that: "The prosecution has been able to establish all the allegations as contained in that charge against the convict beyond reasonable doubt".


This led Justice Chuka Obiozor to sentence Raji Issa Adio to 15 Years imprisonment in both count 1 and 3 of the charge.


Justice Chuka Obiozor also sentenced Raji Issa Adio to eight years imprisonment on count 2.


Justice Chuka Obiozor further directed that Raji Issa Adio's jail term will start running from September 3, 2017, when he was arrested.


Justice Chuka Obiozor however granted Raji Issa Adio an option of fine to the tune of N1.5 million on counts 1 and 3.


It would be recalled that the NDLEA had in its charge designated FHC/L/429c/2017, revealed that Raji Issa Adio was arrested on September 3, 2017,  during the inward clearance of South Africa Airways flight to Lagos, Nigeria, at the E-Arrival Hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, within the jurisdiction of the court, and without lawful authority knowingly possessed 5.10 kilogrammes of Heroin which were concealed under his two traveling bags.


The NDLEA had also accused Raji Issa Adio of  conspiring with one Segun and Eddie, both resident in South Africa, and now at large, to import the banned drug to Lagos State, Nigeria, on or about September 2, 2017, while in South Africa.


According to the prosecutor, the offence is contrary to and punishable under Section 11(d), 11 (a) and 14 (b) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act, Cap N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.


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