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10/16/2021 11:53:00 PM

NDLEA to appeal ruling imposing N700,000 fine against drug convicts - Punch Newspapers

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16 October 2021A drug dealer, Mike Omoarukhe, his manager and three other workers on his cannabis farms have been sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment by a Federal High Court in Benin City, Edo State.The convicts were charged in July by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, in a five count charge with Ref No FHC/B/107c/2021 bordering on possession of 183.5 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa, conspiracy and cultivation of 22 hectares of cannabis farms.

A statement issued on Friday by the spokesperson for the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said, Justice A.C. Obiozor sentenced the defendants to 15 years on each of the five counts, which will run concurrently.The judge however gave the convicts an option of N700,000 fine on all the counts.

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Published 16 October 2021 A drug dealer, Mike Omoarukhe, his manager and three other workers on his cannabis farms have been sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment by a Federal High Court in Benin City, Edo State. The convicts were charged in July by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, in a five count charge with Ref No FHC/B/107c/2021 bordering on possession of 183.5 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa, conspiracy and cultivation of 22 hectares of cannabis farms. A statement issued on Friday by the spokesperson for the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said, Justice A.C. Obiozor sentenced the defendants to 15 years on each of the five counts, which will run concurrently. The judge however gave the convicts an option of N700,000 fine on all the counts. The Chairman of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (retd.), has directed that immediate appeal be filed at the appellate court against the option of N700,000 fine granted the convicts by the trial judge. “The NDLEA operatives had on July 1, 2021 stormed the Ughieudu forest, Uhunwonde LGA of Edo State, where six persons: Elijah John; Friday Emma; Itoro Emmanuel; Daniel Emmanuel; Udom Etok and Abraham Monday Thompson were arrested with 50kg cannabis.” Read Also