The National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has stated that it effected the arrest and prosecution of a total number of 126 drug traffickers in Nigeria between January to February 2021, some of whom have been sentenced.
Musa Ibrahim, one of the convicts was sentenced to 16 years and 8 months imprisonment by the Federal High Court in case number FHC/AK/10C/2021 for trafficking 40 kilograms of cannabis Sativa in Akure, Ondo state.
In Bauchi state, Justice Hassan Dikko of a Federal court in the state sentenced Ibrahim Haladu to 15 years imprisonment after he was found trafficking 6.7kg of cannabis while Haruna Aliya has also been sentenced to 5 years imprisonment for trafficking 609kg of cannabis.
Also in Jos, Plateaus state, Eke Chibuke was convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment for trafficking Tramadol and Diazepam while Idan Kenneth was convicted on a three-count charge and sentenced to 2 years imprisonment on each count for unlawful possession of 220 grams of cannabis, 4.3 grams of Tramadol and 3.3 grams of Rophynol.
A breakdown of the convictions secured across other states in February shows that 18 persons were sent to jail in Kano, five each in Imo and Abia, and four in Gombe.
The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Rtd) while reacting to this had commended the Agency’s Directorate of Prosecution and Legal Services for the diligent prosecution of the cases and charged them to do more so that such convictions will serve as deterrence to others who may want to engage themselves in the illicit trade of drug trafficking.