Former Nigerian Footballer, Okafor Emmanuel, Jailed 5 Years For Drug Trafficking

Former Nigerian Footballer, Okafor Emmanuel, Jailed 5 Years For Drug Trafficking

By Wires Editor | The Trent on November 7, 2022
Megan Hess
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Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court in Lagos has convicted and sentenced Okafor Emmanuel Junior, a former professional footballer, who was arrested for trafficking in 1.4 kilograms of cocaine to five years’ imprisonment. 

The judgement was handed down after he pleaded guilty to the charge of trafficking in the banned substance made against him by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA. 

Okafor Emmanuel Junior
Okafor Emmanuel Junior

The former footballer, according to the prosecutor, Augustine Nwagu, was arrested with the banned substance on his arrival from Brazil on September 26 at the arrival hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos. 

Nwagu told the court that the offence committed by the convict, contravened section 11(a) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under the same Act. 

Following his plea of guilty, the prosecutor asked the court to sentence him in accordance with the section of the law he was charged with. 

But his lawyer, Dennis Warri, in his allocution, pleaded with the court to tamper justice with mercy in sentencing the convict. 

Warri urged the court to consider the timely plea of guilty of the convict, adding that has become remorseful since he was arrested and vowed not to get involved in crime. 

He particularly urged the court to consider the option of fine in lieu of custodian sentence. 

Justice Oweibo, in his judgement, sentenced the convict to five years imprisonment, starting from the date of his arrest. 

The judge, however, gave the convict option of a N1million fine in lieu of the jail terms.

Source: Daily Trust


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