NDLEA Secures Conviction Against Cocaine Trafficker Inbound Saudi Arabia

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has secured a conviction against a drug trafficker, Ariyibi Olaseinde, who was arrested for attempting to illegally export 11.5kg of cocaine to Saudi Arabia and arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos over the offence.

Justice Chukwuejekwu Aneke who presided over the matter found the defendant guilty as charged having pleaded guilty to the two-count charges leveled against them.

Justice Aneke sentenced Olaseinde to five years imprisonment

The prosecutor, Augustine Nwagu, told the court that the convict was arrested with the drug on February 20, 2023, at the Screening Hall of Terminal 11 of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, during the outward clearance of passengers on a Qatar Airways flight to Medina, Saudi Arabia via Doha.

He told the court that the convict conspired with one Jeleel Badmus, now at large, to commit the offence.

Nwagu informed the court that the convict, during interrogation, said he was commissioned by Badmus to traffic the banned substance on the promise of being paid $1,500, and that he had been paid $300 as part of the money he was promised.

According to the prosecutor, the offence committed contravened Sections 14(b) and 11(b) of the NDLEA Act Cap N30 Laws of the Federation 2004.

The convict pleaded guilty to the charges after it was read to him.

Nwagu thereafter urged the court to convict and sentence him according to the sections of the NDLEA Act he was charged with.

The convict’s lawyer, Lilian Omotunde, in her plea for leniency, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing her client.

Justice Aneke being merciful, ordered the convict to pay N5m in place of the jail term.

Also, the convict was ordered to perform 150 hours of community service in addition to the fine option.

The convict’s two passports and $300 were ordered to be forfeited to the Federal government.

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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