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Lagos: Three Remanded For Drug Trafficking

On Monday, a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos convicted and sentenced three individuals for unlawful narcotics peddling.

Justice Kehinde Ogundare while delivering the judgment found Kazeem Mustapha, Andrew Ukelere, and Anthony Chinemerem guilty and sentenced them to three years in prison.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), charged the three individuals with drug trafficking on two counts, to which they pled guilty.

Following the pleas, the court reviewed the facts of the case, with NDLEA lawyer Ms Ifeoma Erondu presenting many exhibits to support the prosecution’s case.

She urged the judge to convict the three men based on their guilty pleas and evidence presented in court.

The exhibits were admitted as evidence by the judge and the defendants were found guilty.

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On count one, he condemned Mustapha and Ukelere to two years in prison and a N250,000 fine apiece.

On count two, the judge sentenced Mustapha and Chinemerem to one year in prison with the option of paying an N100,000 fine apiece.

He directed that the prison terms continue concurrently, and the fines be cumulative.

According to the NDLEA, the offenders committed the offences on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on March 19.

The agency stated that Mustapha and Ukelere unlawfully trafficked 13.9kg of Tramadol, as well as 590 litres of Pentazocine.

Drug trafficking violates Section 11(b) of the 2004 NDLEA Act.

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