Lagos Court Sentenced 3 Bolivians To 12 Years Imprisonment For Production Of Hard Drugs

Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo, of the Federal High Court, Lagos, has sentenced three Bolivians to 12 years imprisonment for unlawful production of Methamphetamine, a drug similar to cocaine and heroin.
The convicts are: Reuben Ticono Jorge, Yhugo Chavaez Moreno, and Yerko Artunduago Dorado.
On Monday, November 21, 2016, the court convicted the three Bolivians after they pleaded guilty to two drug-related offences leveled against them by the National Drugs Laws Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
They were convicted after NDLEA’s prosecutor, Abu Ibrahim,   reviewed  facts of the charges, on the said day.
During a review of the charges, Ibrahim tendered several evidence, including Certificate of Test Analysis, drug analysis reports, statements written in English and Portuguese, among others, which were admitted as exhibits by the court.
However, Justice Oguntoyinbo reserved judgement till yesterday, following their counsel’s plea, Chief Benson Ndakara, that the court to be lenient in sentencing them due to the period they had spent in detention.
Delivering judgment, Justice Oguntoyinbo said the jail terms prescribed by the NDLEA Act for count one of the charge was life imprisonment without prescribing minimum sentence.
The judge also stated that the prescribed jail term for the second count was 25 years, without prescribing minimum jail terms.
Consequently, Jusice Oguntoyinbo sentenced the three Bolivians   to six years, on each counts respectively.
She ordered that the jail terms run concurrently “and it will start counting from February 2, 2012, when they were arrested.”
The convicted Bolivians, alongside two Nigerians; Basil Ikechukwu Uzoka and Uba Ubachukwu Collins, were arraigned and re-arraigned before the court, on a six count-charge bordering on unlawful production and storage of the controlled drug.
The convicted Bolivians, alongside the Nigerians, were charged on two count charges of unlawful production of controlled drug known as Methamphetamine and unlawfully using a property at Satellite Town, for the production of the said controlled drug. Ikechukwu pleaded not guilty to the charge while Collins allegedly allowed the said property to be used for the production of the drug.


Man Bags 12 Months Imprisonment For Stealing Generator

An Edo State Magistrates’ Court, at Egor in Benin, on Tuesday sentenced a 22-year-old man, Kingsley Friday, to 12 months imprisonment with hard labour for stealing an Elepaq generator.

The Magistrates, Mrs Igho Braimoh, sentenced the convict after he pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing and begged for leniency.

Prosecutor Osayomwanbor Omoruyi had told the court that Friday, with others at large, committed the offence at about 10 p.m., at No. 9 Igiedo Str., Uselu Quarters, Benin, on Oct. 16.

Omoruyi said the convict stole one Elepaq generator valued N25, 000, belonging to Victor Oghenekone.

He said the offence contravened sections 516 and 390 (9) of the Criminal Code.


Man bags 12 months imprisonment for stealing generator

Ekiti Court Sentences Herdsman To Two Years Imprisonment For Grazing

A Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti has sentenced one Ali Haruna to two years imprisonment for taking his cows for grazing in a farmland and destroying crops.

The Magistrate, Idowu Ayenimo, in his judgement, said the accused was arraigned in his court on Jan 22, 2016 over a two-count charge of wilful and unlawful damage of farm crops at Ago Aduloju in Ado-Ekiti.

The 18-year-old Haruna was confirmed by the four prosecuting witnesses to have been caught in the midnight grazing his cow in the farm belonging to Abdulahi Yaho and Bello Mohammed.

The cash crops said to have destroyed by the cows in the farm included cassava, maize, okro and pepper, all valued at N3 million.

In his defence, the defendant had told the court that the owner of the cows lived in Ilorin, Kwara.

The magistrate said that the court did not believe Haruna’s defence as it was not credible.

He held that the police prosecutor, Mr Olasunkanmi Bankole, had proved his case beyond reasonable doubt.

He thereby convicted the defendant as charged without option of fine.

The magistrate ordered that sentence should run concurrently, explaining that the term was minimal because the offence was committed before the Grazing Law was promulgated in the state.

The defence counsel, Mr Chris Omokhafe, had prayed the court to be liberal in the dispensation of justice, saying that he was a first offender.

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Man Gets 12 Weeks Imprisonment For Breaking Into Shoprite

 Gudu Upper Area Court in Abuja on Monday sentenced a 30-year-old man, Hassan Jamilu, to twelve weeks in prison for breaking into Shoprite’s cash room and attempting to break the safe.

The Judge, Alhaji Umar Kagarko, gave Jamilu an option of fine in the sum of N30, 000 and warned him to desist from committing crimes.

He also advised the plaintiff, as a private organisation, to file a civil matter for compensation.

Jamilu of no fixed address was arraigned on a three-count charge of criminal trespass, shop breaking and attempt to commit an offence of theft.

The Prosecutor, Patrick Ebong, had told the court that one Harrison Jatau of Pavilion Security Limited, Shoprite mall, Apo, Abuja, reported the matter at the Apo Police Station on April 25.

He said Jamilu criminally trespassed into the said mall through the backyard, climbed the fence to the roof top and broke into the ceiling.

He said the convict used a robe and dropped down into the cash room of the mall and attempted to break the safe.

Ebong said the security alarm blew and the convict narrowly escaped and was eventually caught and arrested by the police on Aug. 15.

He said that the convict was also captured by the CCTV installed within the rooms of the mall.
Ebong said that the offence contravened Sections 348, 355 and 95 of the Penal Code.

He also said the convict was arrested with pliers, scissors, two screw drivers, one flame mate burner and its gas, rain coat robe and an umbrella.

Jamilu pleaded guilty and asked for leniency.

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