Drug Offences: 475 Traffickers Jailed In Three Months

THE National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has said that no fewer than 475 persons have been convicted and sentenced to various jail terms between September and November 2021.

The outcome, the Agency said, is consequent upon charges it filed against them at Federal High Courts across the country.

The figure, the Agency added, represents a portion of the over 1,000 traffickers that were jailed between January and November 2021 for drug offences.

According to its breakdown, a total of 73 persons were convicted in September, with Jigawa state recording the highest figure of 15 convicts, followed by Adamawa and FCT with 14 and 11 respectively.

NDLEA pointed out that Jigawa state, with 14 convicts, also topped the chart of the 150 convictions it recorded in October, followed by Niger, Katsina, Taraba and Lagos with 13, 12, 11 and 11 respectively.

In November, Adamawa and Abia states had the highest conviction figure, both with 23 each, out of a total of 252 convictions. The FCT, which came next, had 21 while Plateau had 14.

Highlights of some of the cases include that of 32-year-old Chukwuemeka Kalu Orji, who was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour on October 13 by Justice E.N.Anyadike of the Federal High Court, Umuahia, Abia state.

The sentence makes it the third time Kalu Orji would be convicted and jailed for drug offences. He was first sentenced to eight months in prison on December 15, 2017 by Justice Anyadike, and jailed for three years on December 13, 2020 by Justice D.E. Osiagor.

In a similar case, 58-year-old Obi Ajah was convicted and sentenced to five calendar years imprisonment with hard labour on October 13 by Justice Anyadike. The convict is a second time offender, having been convicted on November 29, 2012 by Justice J.A. Olubanjo of the Federal High Court, Umuahia.

Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa, Retd, has commended the various state commands and the Directorate of Prosecution and Legal Services of the Agency for their commitment to diligent prosecution of cases filed in courts against drug offenders, saying such will go a long way to strengthen the deterrence effect of the work of the Agency.

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