ON Thursday November 11, 2021, Nigeria’s Jonas relived the incredible experience of the biblical Jonas which ended in Nineveh. The only difference this time is that while the biblical Jonas escaped death by strict divine fiat, Chimhurumnaya got his reprieve from the court.
In what is widely regarded as a very rare court judgement, the Malaysia based Nigerian, initially sentenced to death for drug trafficking, was acquitted on appeal held via zoom.
Chimhurumnaya was arrested on June 7, 2016 and charged under Section 39B (1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act (DDA) 1952, for allegedly trafficking 158.3g of methamphetamine about 12.05am in a Jalan Canna car park, an act that prescribes death sentence or imprisonment for life and with whipping, upon conviction.
He was subsequently tried, found guilty and sentenced to death on January 30, 2018 by the Kuching High Court.
Following the sentence however, his counsel appealed the court’s decision but was dismissed on Oct 23, 2019 following which he approached the Federal Court.
On Thursday, a three-member panel, led by Datuk Seri Mohd Zawawi Salleh, alongside Datuk Nallini Pathmanathan and Datuk Abdul Rahman Sebli held his appeal and unanimously discharged and acquitted him of te charges after allowing his appeal in Zoom proceedings.