The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said it convicted and sentenced a total of 475 persons to various jail terms between September and November 2021 following charges of drug trafficking which it filed against them at Federal High Courts across the country.
This was disclosed in a press statement by the Director of Media and Advocacy NDLEA Headquarters in Abuja, Mr. Femi Babafemi.
Babafemi said, “In September, a total of 73 persons were convicted with Jigawa state recording the highest figure of 15 convicts, followed by Adamawa -14 and FCT-11.
“Jigawa state also topped the chart of the 150 convictions recorded by the Agency in October with 14 convicts, followed by Niger-13 Katsina-12; Taraba-11 and Lagos- 11.
“Adamawa and Abia states had the highest conviction figure in November with 23 each out of a total of 252 convictions recorded by the anti-narcotic agency in the past month, while FCT had 21 and Plateau- 14.
“Some of the cases include that of 32-year-old Chukwuemeka Kalu Orji who was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour on 13th October by Justice E.N.Anyadike of the Federal High Court, Umuahia, Abia state.
“The sentence makes it the third time Kalu Orji will be convicted and jailed for drug offences. He was first sentenced to eight months in prison on 15th December 2017 by Justice Anyadike, and jailed for three years on 13th Dec, 2020 by Justice D.E. Osiagor.
“In a similar case, 58-year-old Obi Ajah was also convicted and sentenced to five calendar years imprisonment with hard labour on 13th Oct by Justice Anyadike. The convict is a second time offender, having been convicted on 29th November, 2012 by Justice J.A. Olubanjo of the Federal High Court, Umuahia.”
The Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the various state commands and the Directorate of Prosecution and Legal Services of the Agency for their commitment to diligent prosecution of cases filed in courts against drug offenders.