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Court convicts Poly student for trafficking hard drug

By Ann Godwin, Port Harcourt and Yetunde Ayobami Ojo, Lagos
19 November 2021   |   3:34 am
A Federal High Court, Lagos, has convicted a student of one of the polytechnics in Southeast, Odoemena Chinonye Jessica for unlawful importation of a banned substance and methamphetamine into the country.

Bolt driver attacked, escapes death in Rivers
A Federal High Court, Lagos, has convicted a student of one of the polytechnics in Southeast, Odoemena  Chinonye Jessica for unlawful importation of a banned substance and methamphetamine into the country.
 
Trial Judge, Nicholas Oweibo convicted the student following her gulity plea on one-count charge brought against her by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
   
The student had pleaded not guilty to the charge, when she was first arraigned sometime in 2019. However, at the resumed trial, she told the court her intention to reverse her earlier ‘not guilty plea’. The prosecutor, Mr. Austine Nwagu, did not oppose the decision.
 
The convict admitted committing the offence and pleaded guilty after the charge was read to her. The charge reads: “That you, Odoemena Chinonye Jessica, female, adult on or about the 24th day of June, 2019 at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, without lawful authority imported 4.140 kilogrammes of Methamphetamine, a narcotic drug similar to cocaine, heroin, or LSD and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 11(a) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30 laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004”.

  
The prosecution counsel, thereafter, reviewed the facts of the case and urged the court to convict and sentence her in accordance with Section 11(a) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30 laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
 
Upon the prosecutor’s submissions, the defence counsel urged the court to temper justice with mercy. He pleaded that his client was a first time offender, who has become remorseful, since she was arrested for the offence.
 
He also pleaded with the judge not to give his client custodian sentence but to give an option of fine. Ruling on the submission made by the counsel, Justice Oweibo, sentenced the convict to two years imprisonment with an option of N50, 000, fine in lieu of the sentence.

MEANWHILE, a bolt driver, simply identified as Mr. Golden, yesterday, escaped death by whiskers in Port Harcourt, when three passengers, who booked him for a ride, attempted to strangle him.

 
There have been increased attacks on bolt drivers in the city recently, where some drivers have lost their vehicles, while others lost valuables and sustained serious injuries.
 
The Guardian gathered that the latest attack occurred after the bolt driver picked the passengers at Ada George area of Port Harcourt and few minutes later, the gang ordered him to stop and as he pushed the break, they snatched his car key, tied a rope on his neck, while his phones and other valuables were carted away.
 
Narrating his ordeal to newsmen yesterday, Golden said, he regained strength and overpowered one of the attackers, who was tying his neck, held him, until some security personnel came and rescued him, while others fled.
 
He said: “When I regained strength, I held the rope and freed myself and I went further and held one out of the three guys who attacked me. My phones and accessories, which were stolen, have been recovered and one of them is now in the police net.”
 
Decrying increase in attacks on bolt drivers in the state, Golden urged relevant authorities to take adequate steps towards ensuring that details of passengers like photos, locations, and their Bank Verification Number (BVN) are obtained, while they book for a ride.
 Spokesperson of the State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, did not pick his calls when contacted.