By Mojisola Oladele 

Justice Mashkur Salisu of a Federal High Court Sitting in Osogbo, has sentenced a traveller, Nwoke Ifeanyi to a two-year jail term for illegal possession of 600 grams of tramadol.

Ifeanyi was arraigned on 15th May, and he admitted to the offence of illegal possession of the drug.

Arraigning Ifeanyi, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Prosecutor, Mr Olufemi Ijimakin, said the convict was arrested along the Gbongan-Ibadan expressway with 1,010 capsules weighing 600 grams of tramadol, contrary to the provision of Section 19 of the NDLEA Act, 2004.

The Counsel to the convict, Mr. Alfred Adegoke, pleaded with the court to be merciful with his client, noting that he had promised to turn a new leaf.

In his Judgment, Justice Salisu explained that the confessional statement of Ifeanyi and his admittance of guilt alongside other pieces of evidence tendered by the prosecutor were enough to find him guilty.

Justice Salisu stressed that Section19 of the NDLEA Act, 2004 under which Ifeanyi was convicted provided for a minimum of 15 years sentence, but considering the plea of the counsel, the convict would be sentenced to two years imprisonment with effect from the date of arrest on 4th April, 2024.

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