Former soccer participant Okafor Emmanuel sentenced to five years in jail for drug trafficking

Choose Nicholas Oweibo of the Lagos Federal Excessive Court docket has convicted and sentenced a former skilled footballer, Okafor Emmanuel Junior, to 5 years in jail for cocaine trafficking.

The sentence was handed down after Emmanuel pleaded responsible to the cost of trafficking the prohibited substance formulated in opposition to him by the Nationwide Drug Management Company (NDLEA).

The previous footballer, in response to the prosecutor, Augustine Nwagu, was stopped with 1.4 kilograms of cocaine upon arrival from Brazil on September 26, 2022, within the arrivals corridor of Murtala Muhammed Worldwide Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

Nwagu instructed the courtroom that the offense dedicated by the convict was in contravention of part 11(a) of the Nationwide Drug Management Company Act Cap N30 Legal guidelines of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable below the identical regulation.

Following his responsible plea, the prosecutor requested the courtroom to condemn him in response to the part of the regulation with which he was charged.

However his lawyer, Dennis Warri, in his handle, pleaded with the courtroom to govern justice mercifully in sentencing the convict.

Warri urged the courtroom to contemplate a well timed responsible plea for the convict, including that he has repented since his arrest and vowed to not get entangled in crimes.

Particularly, he urged the courtroom to contemplate the choice of a advantageous as a substitute of imprisonment.

Choose Oweibo, in his sentence, sentenced the condemned to 5 years in jail, counted from the date of his arrest.

Nevertheless, the decide gave the convict the choice of a advantageous of N1 million as a substitute of jail sentences.



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