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Two drug traffickers jailed in Lagos
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The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has convicted and sentenced two drug traffickers, Onyeze Obiora and Iyabode Omojomolo, to eight years imprisonment.

Delivering his judgment on Friday, Justice Daniel Osiagor convicted and sentenced Obiora to three years imprisonment for trafficking 300 grams of Cocaine while Omojomolo was convicted and given five years jail term for trafficking 900 grams of Flunitrazepam, a psychotropic substance, by Justice Nicholas Oweibo.

The two convicts were handed down the jail term on Friday after they both pleaded guilty to a separate count charge preferred against them by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

The prosecutor, Abu Ibrahim, had told the court that Obiora was arrested with the prohibited substance on March 20, at the export shed of Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

He also told the court that the second convict, Omojomolo was arrested on April 1 when she was about to board a Virgin Atlantic Airways flight to the United Kingdom.

Abu told the court that the offences contravened Section 20 (1) (a) (2) of the NDLEA, Act Cap N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Following their guilty plea, the prosecutor urged the court to convict them as charged and sentence them in accordance with the laws they were charged with.

But the convicts’ lawyers, Mr Benson Ndakara and Vivian Ekwegh, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing them.

Justice Oweibo sentenced Omojomolo to five years imprisonment, but gave her a fine option of N500000, in lieu of the jail term.

Also, Justice Osiagor sentenced Obiora to three years imprisonment, but gave him an option of N2m fine, in lieu of the jail term.