South Africa Returnee Bags 38years Jail Time over Drug Trafficking


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Raji Adio, one of the South African returnees, has bagged 38 years jail time by Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court in Lagos on a three count charge of drug trafficking.

Adio was arraigned by the National Drugs Law Enforement Agency, NDLEA, after being caught with 5.10 kilograms of heroin.

PUNCH reports that “Adio was arrested on September 3, 2017, during an inward clearance of a South African Airways flight to Lagos, at the E-Arrival Hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.”

It was also gathered that Adio was alleged to have conspired with one Segun and Eddie, while in South Africa, to import the banned drug to Nigeria, concealing the hard drugs in the false bottom of his two travel bags.

The offences are contrary to and punishable under sections 11(d), 11(a) and 14 (b) of the NDLEA Act, 2004.

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Delivering his judgement on Tuesday, Justice Obiozor while delivering his judgement said that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.

He said,

“The prosecution has been able to establish all the allegations as contained in the charge sheet against the convict beyond reasonable doubt.

“The defendant is sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment on counts one and three, with an option of fine of N1.5m on each count, and eight years’ imprisonment on count two. The sentences will run concurrently and take effect from the day he has been remanded in prison custody.”

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