Italy traveller who swallowed cocaine jailed six years

A Federal Excessive Courtroom in Lagos Thursday sentenced to 6 years imprisonment an Italy-bound traveller, Amobi Okoye, who hid cocaine in his abdomen.

Justice Jude Dagat convicted Okoye of tried illegal export of 1.030 kilogrammes of cocaine following a six-year trial.

The sentence, which was with out an possibility of fantastic, took impact from yesterday.

The decide held that Prosecution counsel Mrs Juliana Imaobong Irubochi efficiently proved the Nationwide Drug Legislation Enforcement (NDLEA)’s case towards the defendant “beyond reasonable doubt.”

He stated the defence put up by the defendant was “not strong enough” to free him from the cost.

Justice Dagat famous that the defendant admitted being promised of $4,000, if he efficiently delivered the cocaine to at least one ‘KC’ in Italy.

Moreover sentencing Amobi, Justice Dagat forfeited the convict’s passports to the Federal Authorities and ordered that the medicine be destroyed if there isn’t any enchantment towards the judgment.

Okoye was arrested on or about February 7, 2014, on the departure corridor of the Murtala Muhammad Worldwide Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos, throughout outward clearance of an Alitalia flight to Italy.

The cocaine was stated to have been found in his abdomen at Screening Level 2 of the airport.

He was arraigned on a one-count cost of illegal export of the stated banned drug.

Mrs Irubochi stated the offence contravened Part 11(b) of the Nationwide Drug Legislation Enforcement Company Act, Cap N30 Legal guidelines of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

Amobi pleaded not responsible was admitted to bail.

Throughout the trial, the prosecutor known as 9 witnesses and tendered 12 displays, together with the convict’s two ECOWAS passports; pattern of the drug; an Alitalia E-ticket; boarding cross; the majority of the seized drug, his confessional assertion, amongst others.

On the shut of the prosecution’s case, the convict testified in his defence towards the cost.

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