Two drug traffickers, Onyeze Obiora and Iyabode Omojomolo have been sentenced to eight years imprisonment by the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos State.
The duo were convicted and sentenced by the court on Friday after they both pleaded guilty to a separate count charge preferred against them by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.
Delivering his judgment on Friday, Justice Daniel Osiagor convicted and sentenced Obiora to three years imprisonment for trafficking 300 grams of Cocaine while Omojomolo was convicted and given five years jail term for trafficking 900 grams of Flunitrazepam, a psychotropic substance, by Justice Nicholas Oweibo.
Justice Osiagor sentenced Obiora to three years imprisonment, but gave him an option of N2m fine, in lieu of the jail term, while Justice Oweibo sentenced Omojomolo to five years imprisonment, but gave her a fine option of N500000, in lieu of the jail term.
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Earlier, the prosecutor, Abu Ibrahim, told the court that Obiora was arrested with the prohibited substance on March 20, at the export shed of Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.
Furthermore, the prosecutor stated that the second convict, Omojomolo was arrested on April 1, 2023 when she was about to board a Virgin Atlantic Airways flight to the United Kingdom to continue her illegal business.
Abu told the court during the plenary session that the offences contravened Section 20 (1) (a) (2) of the NDLEA, Act Cap N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
Following their guilty plea, the prosecutor urged the court to convict them as charged and sentence them in accordance with the laws they were charged with.
But the lawyer of the convicts, Mr Benson Ndakara and Vivian Ekwegh, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing them.