Drug dealer, manager, three workers bag 75 years imprisonment in Edo

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A Federal High Court in Benin City, the Edo State capital, has sentenced a major drug dealer, Mike Omoarukhe, his manager, and three other persons working with him in his cannabis farms to 75 years imprisonment.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, had in July 2021, filed a five-count charge, with number FHC/B/107c/2021, bordering on possession of 183.5 kilograms of Cannabis sativa, conspiracy to possess, cultivate, and cultivation of 22 hectares of cannabis farms against the convicts.

Justice A.C. Obiozor, who delivered the judgment on Thursday, sentenced the defendants to 15 years imprisonment on each of the five counts, bringing the total years of imprisonment to 75 years, which will according to him, run concurrently.

However, the judge gave the convicts an option of an N700,000 fine on all the charges levelled against them.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa, Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, has directed that immediate appeal be filed at the appellate court against the option of N700, 000 fine granted to the convicts by Justice A.C. Obiozor.

Recall that NDLEA operatives had on July 1, 2021, stormed the Ughieudu forest, Uhunwonde LGA of Edo State, where six persons including Elijah John; Friday Emma; Itoro Emmanuel; Daniel Emmanuel; Udom Etok and Abraham Monday Thompson were arrested with 50kg cannabis.

A follow-up operation in the Ughieudu forest on 3rd July 2021 the officers of the agency, led to the arrest of Emmanuel Ekpeyoung and the total destruction of three cannabis farms with a combined size of 22. 210421 hectares and seizure of 133. 5kg cannabis.

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