Nigeria: Lagos Socialite’s Friend Sentenced to Additional 15 Years for Drug Trafficking

Nigeria: Lagos Socialite’s Friend Sentenced to Additional 15 Years for Drug Trafficking

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

In a significant ruling, a Lagos Federal High Court has handed down a 15-year prison sentence to Mrs. Odeyemi Omolara for her involvement in drug trafficking. This verdict comes as an addition to her existing 25-year jail term. Presiding over the case, Justice Deinde Dipeolu delivered the judgment on Tuesday.

Notably, this decision supplements the earlier sentencing by Justice Hadiza Rabiu-Shagari in June 2017, when Omolara received a 25-year imprisonment for her role in the illegal export of 1.595 kilograms of cocaine to Saudi Arabia. The recent 15-year sentence will run concurrently with the ongoing jail term.

Omolara pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and unlawful possession of the banned substance during the proceedings, prompting the court to impose the additional punishment. Mr. Abu Ibrahim, representing the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), presented the facts of the case against her.

Following Omolara’s sentencing, the trial of Mrs. Funmilola Arike Ogbuaya, also known as Ariket, began in court. Ariket pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against her. During the trial’s inception, the NDLEA called upon five prosecution witnesses to testify in support of its case against Ariket.

This ruling marks a significant development in the fight against drug trafficking, reaffirming the legal system’s commitment to combating such illicit activities. The court’s decision underscores the seriousness with which such crimes are treated and serves as a deterrent to others involved in similar unlawful practices.

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