Lagos court jails mother of four 10 years over attempt to traffic 330g of cocaine

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A Federal high court sitting in Lagos on Tuesday sentenced a 56-year-old mother of four, Oluwayemisi Owolabi, to 10 years imprisonment after the court convicted her of engagement in cocaine trafficking.

Owolabi had pleaded guilty to one-count charge of drug trafficking preferred against her by the National Drug Laws Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The prosecutor, Ibrahim Abu, had after the plea of guilty, reviewed the fact of the case and tendered the convict’s harmonised ECOWAS passport, an e-ticket and boarding pass, among others, as evidence.

Other evidence tendered before the court included three written statements of the convict, two requests of scientific aid form, a drug analysing report, two evidence pouches, two transparent pouches containing the drug, two scientific reports of the drug, and a sealed brown envelope, which were admitted as exhibits.

In a moving allocutus, Owolabi’s lawyer, Morenike Ogunleye, she said “The convict is a first time offender, and she is sober. She is a mother of four children, who is taking care of them single-handed, as she has separated from her husband.”

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The judge asked the prosecutor, Ibrahim, for the punishment for the crime committed as stipulated by the NDLEA Act, and the prosecutor said it is life imprisonment.

Justice Aikawa ruled: “I have listened to the plea made on her behalf by the counsel, and also listened to the prosecutor that she has no record of crime. I have to consider both her plea and what the law says about the crime.

“Consequently, I hereby sentence her to 10 years imprisonment, starting from the day of her arrest,” which was in May 19 at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, during outward clearance of Qatar Airways flight to Saudi Arabia, with 330 grammes of cocaine.