Ex-football player receives 5-year sentence for drug trafficking


Ex-football player receives 5-year sentence for drug trafficking
Okafor Emmanuel Junior, a former professional footballer, was convicted and given a five-year sentence for his role in the trafficking of 1.4 kilograms of cocaine by Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court in Lagos.

Due to his guilty plea, he was found guilty of drug trafficking charges brought by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

Augustine Nwagu, the prosecutor, claims that the ex-footballer was apprehended with the illegal substance on September 26 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos, upon his return from Brazil.

Nwagu testified that the defendant's crime was a violation of section 11(a) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act, Chapter N30 of the Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (2004) and was punishable by the same law.

After he pleaded guilty, the prosecutor requested that he be given a sentence in line with the statute under which he was being charged.

His attorney, Dennis Warri, however, pleaded with the court to mix mercy and justice in sentencing the convicted man in his allucutor.

Warri argued that the court should accept the convict's timely guilty plea because he has changed his ways since his arrest and no longer wants any part in criminal activity.

The judge, he said, should give serious thought to a fine in place of a prison term.

In his ruling, Justice Oweibo imposed a five-year prison term on the convicted criminal, to run from the time of his arrest forward.

However, the judge allowed the convict to choose between jail time and a N1 million fine.


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