Nigeria: Three jailed five years for trafficking 38.50kg tramadol

Nigeria: Three jailed five years for trafficking 38.50kg tramadol

By Zuleihat Owuiye, Mamos Nigeria

The recent conviction and sentencing of three individuals to five years in prison for trafficking 38.5 kilograms of tramadol highlight the strict enforcement of drug-related laws. The Federal High Court in Lagos handed down the sentence to a Qatar-based Nigerian businessman, Uchegbu Obi, along with Usman Inda and Sani Salisu, after they pleaded guilty to the charges of conspiracy and drug trafficking.

The arrests were made during the clearance of cargo at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. The convicts were found in possession of tramadol and a psychotropic substance similar to heroin. The prosecutor emphasized that their actions violated drug enforcement laws and presented the case to the court.

Despite the plea for a fine option instead of imprisonment by the convicts’ lawyer, the court decided to impose a five-year jail term on each convict and ordered them to collectively pay a fine of N3 million. This case serves as a reminder of the serious consequences of drug trafficking and the importance of upholding drug laws to safeguard society.

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