Drug Trafficking: Court Sentences 20 Year-Old To Eighteen Months Imprisonment In Lagos

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Wednesday sentenced one Abiodun Oyatolu, 20, to eighteen months in prison for trafficking heroin that weighs 9.9 gm.

The prosecutor, Mr Jeremiah Aernan, in his statement presented the court an evidence of a written statement of the accused, a request for scientific aid form, a drug analysis certificate, as well as remnant of the analysed substance which were admitted as exhibits.

He said the accused committed the offence on Jan. 20 at Ipodo, area of Lagos where he was arrested with 9.9 grammes of heroin, a narcotic similar to cocaine and other psychotropic substances.
Mr Aernan added that the heroin was confirmed after being analyzed in the laboratory by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.

According to him, the offence contravened Sections 11 (c) of the NDLEA Act, Laws of the Federation, 2004.

In his defence, the accused pleaded guilty to the offence levelled against him.

He begged the court to temper justice with mercy, saying “it is the work of the devil, I promise to turn a new leaf.”

However, the presiding judge, Justice Abdulazeez Anka, in his judgment sentenced the accused to 18 months behind bars. He added that the sentence should begin from the date of judgment and ordered the exhibits to be destroyed if there was no subsisting appeal.

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