A 31-year-old Nigerian, Michael Nwobodo, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja after he pleaded guilty to illegally importing cocaine into the country.
Nwobodo, who had attempted an escape when he was arrested, was jailed Monday.
Justice Abang ruled that Nwobodo’s jail time would be with hard labour.
He was found guilty and punished under the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Act.
Justice Abang, in his judgement, observed that illicit drug trade was not abating and that measures must be taken to stop the act.
NDLEA Chairman, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (Retd.) commended the ruling saying the Agency will continue to collaborate with relevant stakeholders in the fight against illicit drugs in the country.
“This will serve both as a deterrent and a corrective measure to the convict and others who are involved in narcotic production, trafficking and abuse. The Agency will not relent in partnering with stakeholders in apprehending and prosecuting drug traffickers” Abdallah stated.
It will be recalled that the convict was arrested on February 29, 2016 with eighty-one wraps of cocaine weighing 1.350kg on his way from Dubai.
He had attempted an escape by breaking through a glass wall at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) Abuja.
Nwobodo was later arrested and treated for the injuries he sustained.
The 81 wraps of cocaine were concealed in Parker Whiskey packs along with boxes of chocolates inside a duty free bag.
Nwobodo reportedly told officials that he was not under the influence of narcotics but only tried to escape because of fear of going to prison.
NDLEA commander at the Abuja airport, Mr. Hamisu Lawan said that more passengers coming from Dubai had been found with cocaine at the Abuja airport in recent times.