Friday, December 2

Edo lady, Chioma bags 15 year for drug offence

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Published By: Ayorinde Oluokun

By Jethro Ibileke

A Federal High Court sitting in Benin, Edo State, has sentenced a 24-year-old beautician, Chioma Okocha, to 15 years imprisonment, for being in possession of 0.2 kilograme of cocaine.

The Delta State indigene who was said to serve as delivery courier to a drug baron in the State, was arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on September 21, 2021.

The prosecuting Counsel, E.C.Ordiah, had told the court that the Chioma Okocha arrested with O.2 kilogram of cocaine at GT fast food plaza, located at 1st East Circular Road, in Benin City.

“She went to eat at GT fast food to eat and was arrested with 0.2 killogram of cocaine,” Ordiah said.

According to the Counsel, upon her arrest, forensic analysis conducted on the substance from the Lagos office of the NDLEA showed that the substance is cocaine.

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She added that the accused made voluntary statement of being arrested with drug and that she was sent to deliver the drug to someone in Benin.

The Prosecutor said Chioma them to the house of the supposed owner of the substance but didn’t meet anybody in there, adding that they only found cocaine there which they seize.

The accused who pleased guilty to the offence, said she was not aware that the substance was cocaine, but was asked to deliver it to somebody in Benin.

Delivering judgment, the presiding Judge, Justice Chuka Austin Obiozor who found her guilty of the offense, sentenced her to 15 years imprisonment.

He, however, gave her an option of N2 million fine.

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