Nine Ghanaians arrested for attempting to smuggle 10,843.95kgs cannabis into Nigeria through the sea are to all together spend the next 72 years behind the bars.
They were convicted and sentenced on Friday 14th October to 72 years imprisonment. They were initially arrested by men of the Civil Defence Corps and transferred to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA for further investigation and prosecution.
Delivering his ruling in the matter on Friday, Justice Akintayo Aluko of the Federal High Court, Lagos convicted the Ghanaians of conspiracy and dealing in cannabis and thereafter sentenced each of them to eight years in prison. The convicts include: Victor Wuddah; Freeman Gazul; Adotete Joseph and Sottie Moses.Others are,
Sottie Stephen; Christian Tette; Kanu Okonipa; Daniel Koyepti; and Kanu Natte.
Meanwhile, a pregnant woman, a nursing mother and a 200-level university student were among 28 persons arrested with 9,437.6 kilograms of cannabis and 138,053 tablets of pharmaceutical opioids among others by operatives of the NDLEA during interdiction operations across 12 states: Yobe, Ondo, Edo, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Imo, Jigawa, Kogi, Adamawa, Kaduna, Kwara, Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The 200-level student of Mass Communication at National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Ms. Mercy Nyong, 30, was on Wednesday 12th Oct arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos for attempting to export 300grams of tramadol 225mg concealed in incense products going to Dubai, UAE.
Spokesman for the NDLEA ,Femi Babafemi said the Chairman of the Agency, retired Brg-Gen Buba Marwa was optimistic that the series of Arrests and convictions would serve as a deterrence to would be Drug traffickers.