Two drug traffickers, 38-year old Mbechi Obiageli Susan and 36-year old Obiora Boniface Okechukwu arrested by officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja have been jailed for seven years each.
Delivering his judgement, Justice Chukwu Evoh of the Federal High Court, Abuja ruled that the two accused persons were guilty of unlawful importation of narcotics. They both pleaded guilty.
He held that the convicts have shown sufficient remorse and that the court expects them to turn a new leaf and contribute to the development of the country after completing their jail terms.
Mbechi, who held a Nigerian international passport number A00288396 claimed that she was three months pregnant when stopped for routine search on her way from Sao-Paulo, Brazil and warned that scanning machine could harm her unborn baby.
She however excreted 51 pellets of cocaine weighing 900 grammes when placed under observation. Mbechi is a native of Oduma village in Enugu State.
Obiora who also arrived from Brazil, was arrested for ingesting 91 pellets of cocaine weighing 1.6kg.
Speaking on their conviction, chairman NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, said that he expects others to learn from their experience.
“Drug trafficking kills dreams. It is expected that others outside that are contemplating drug trafficking will learn from this sentence and shun the criminal act,” Giade said.