According to The Nation, a Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday sentenced a South Africa returnee, Raji Issa Adio, to 38 years imprisonment for drug trafficking.
Justice Chuka Obiozor convicted Adio, 43, after nearly one year and 11 months of trial.
Prof Obiozor found Adio guilty of three counts of conspiracy and unlawful possession of 5.10 kilogrammes of heroin.
The judge held: “The prosecution has been able to establish all the allegations as contained in the charge against the convict beyond reasonable doubt”.
He sentenced Adio to 15 years imprisonment on counts one and three, and eight years imprisonment on count two.
The sentences will run concurrently, meaning Adio will spend only 15 years in jail.
The judge also gave the convict an option of N1.5 million fine on counts one and three respectively, but no option of fine on count two.
The sentence will take effect from September 3, 2017, when Adio was arrested.
The convict was arraigned by the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on December 7, 2017.
He pleaded not guilty.
During the trial of the case, NDLEA counsel, Mrs. Juliana Imaobong Iroabuchi, called witnesses and tendered 13 exhibits, including includes the drugs seized from the convict, his international passport, test analysis of the seized drugs and foreign currencies.
Adio defended the charge through his counsel, Chief Lilian Omotunde.
The NDLEA in the charge marked FHC/L/429c/2017, stated that Adio was arrested on September 3, 2017, during an inward clearance of a South Africa Airways flight to Lagos, at the E-Arrival Hall of the Murtala Mohammad international Airport Ikeja, Lagos.
It said Adio concealed the heroin in the false bottom of his two travel bags.
He was also said to have on or about September 2, 2017, while in South Africa conspired with one Segun and Eddie, both resident in South Africa and now at large, to import the banned drug to Lagos, Nigeria
The offences, according to the prosecutor were contrary to and punishable under Section 11(d), 11(a) and 14 (b) of the NDLEA Act, 2004.