Courtroom Jails Man three Years For Smuggling Indian Hemp Into Nigeria

A 64-year-old man, Gboyega Elegbeji who was arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for smuggling 16.5 kilogrammes of Indian Hemp into Nigeria from Canada,  has been jailed for three years.

Justice Daniel Osiagor of the Federal High Court in Lagos convicted and sentenced Elegbeji for three years after he pleaded guilty to a one-count charge of drug trafficking brought against him by the NDLEA.

The prosecutor, Obiageli Iwuchukwu had informed the judge before the verdict was handed down that the convict had smuggled the banned substance in a Toyota Corolla with Chassis Number 2TIBR32E13C712679 and a 2004 Honda Ridgeline with Chassis Number 2HJYK16407H005052, both of which were concealed in a container numbered TRHU 7874497.

Iwuchukwu had also informed the court that the convict was arrested at the Tim Can Island Port in Apapa, Lagos, on June 14, 2022 with the illegal drug popularly called Indian Hemp.

While reviewing the facts of the case, the prosecutor tendered the convict’s confessional statement, Bill of Lading, test analysis report, a package of substance form and other exhibits, which were all admitted by the court.

Iwuchukwu further also told the court that a kilogram of Indian Hemp cost $15, 000, USD.

She then urged the court to convict and sentence the convict under the section he was charged in view of his guilty plea.

But the defence counsel, Gordon Okaka pleaded with the court to be lenient in sentencing his client because he is a first time offender and that he did not waste the time of the court.

Okaka also urged the court to take judicial notice of the fact that the convict is suffering from prostate Cancer, he therefore pleaded with the court to consider the option of a fine instead of a custodial sentence.

In his judgement, Justice Osiagor sentenced the convict to three years imprisonment on the one-count charge but in view of the plea of his lawyer gave him an option of N1 million fine.

The judge also directed the NDLEA to destroy the seized illicit substances valued at $247,500.

‘No Change In Management Of Trucks Transits Parks’

The management of Trucks Transit Parks Limited, (TTP) has reiterated that there is no change in the management of the company headed by Mr Jama Onwubuariri, its co-founder and managing director.

The technology-driven transportation solution provider said it was necessary to inform the general public following claims by one Mr Temidayo Adeboye who claims to be the new CEO of the company.

A statement signed by TTP yesterday stated that “Mr. Adeboye or anyone else claiming to be the Acting Managing Director of TTP is acting in outright violation of a court order which mandates the maintenance of the status quo until all the parties return to court.

“This means that the entire board of directors of the Company remains unchanged and intact as filed and certified at the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja.

“The general public is therefore advised to disregard any information, or anyone purporting to be issued by the Acting Managing Director or claiming that a change in the composition of the Board of Directors of TTP has taken place, and to treat Mr. Adeboye or any person parading himself as the Acting Managing Director of the Company as an impostor.

Anyone who deals with the said party(ies) does so at their risk.”

The statement further stated that “Mr. Adeboye is in breach of existing court orders and anyone who deals with Mr. Adeboye would be in breach of the same orders. All information about our management team can be confirmed on the About Us section of our website.”