Drug Dealer, Four Others Bag 75 Years Imprisonment
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Drug Dealer, Four Others Bag 75 Years Imprisonment

A Federal High Court in Benin, the Edo State capital, convicted a big drug dealer, Mike Omoarukhe, his manager, and three other workers in his cannabis plantations to 75 years in jail.


Femi Babafemi, the Director of Media and Advocacy at the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Headquarters in Abuja, confirmed this in a statement on Friday.

According to the statement, the offenders were accused in July by the NDLEA with a five-count charge involving possession of 183.5 kilograms of cannabis sativa, conspiracy to possess, produce, and cultivate 22 hectares of cannabis farms, and possession of 183.5 kilograms of cannabis sativa.

“Meanwhile, Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has directed that immediate appeal be filed at the appellate court against the option of N700, 000 fine granted to the convicts by the trial judge.


NDLEA operatives had on July 1, 2021 stormed the Ughieudu forest, Uhunwonde LGA of Edo State, where six persons: Elijah John; Friday Emma; Itoro Emmanuel; Daniel Emmanuel; Udom Etok and Abraham Monday Thompson were arrested with 50kg cannabis. A follow up operation in the Ughieudu forest on 3rd July 2021, led to the arrest of Emmanuel Ekpeyoung and the total destruction of three cannabis farms with a combined size of 22. 210421 hectares and seizure of 133. 5kg cannabis.

“After weeks of manhunt for the owner of the farms, the 36-year-old Omoarukhe was later arrested at a drinking joint in Irrua, after which they were all charged to court, except two of them; Udom Etok and Abraham Monday Thompson who were discovered to be minors.”


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