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Notorious Drug Lords Sentenced to Life Imprisonment for Cocaine Trafficking

Uwaezuoke Ikenna Christian and Agbo Chidike Prince, two infamous drug lords, were sentenced to life in prison for smuggling cocaine over international borders.

The notorious drug smugglers were arrested and charged by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) .

The 43-year-old businessman Uwaezuoke’s journey to a life sentence in prison started, according to Femi Babafemi, spokesman for the anti-drug agency, when he was first detained by NDLEA agents on March 19, 2022, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja during the inward clearance of an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It was discovered that he had consumed 100 large wraps of cocaine, weighing 2.243 kilograms.

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“He was subsequently arraigned at the Federal High Court, Abuja Division in charge number FHC/ABJ/CR/438/2022 and was granted bail on certain conditions after he pleaded not guilty. He thereafter absconded, leading the court to revoke his bail and issue an arrest warrant against him.

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“In a curious twist, Uwaezuoke was again arrested by NDLEA operatives on 1st August 2023, at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos while attempting to export 1.822 kilograms of cocaine to India through ingestion using a different passport and under a different name, Ilonzeh Kingsley Onyebuchi,” Babafemi said.

Babafem added that he was again arraigned before Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court, Lagos Division in charge number FHC/L/554C/2023.

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“He pleaded guilty to the two counts charge and was convicted and sentenced on 18th October 2023 to a total term of seven years of imprisonment or a fine of ₦1, 500,000.00. He paid the fine and was transferred to Abuja to face the importation case pending against him.

“He was re-arraigned on 20th March 2024 at the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court in charge number FHC/ABJ/CR/438/2022 before Justice Joyce Obehi Abdulmalik, where he pleaded guilty again. Despite his plea, the court, noting his lack of remorse, the seriousness of drug-related offences and the fact that he is a repeated offender, convicted and sentenced him to life imprisonment,” Babafemi explained.

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According to an NDLEA official, 42-year-old Agbo Chidike Prince was detained at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on October 21, 2023, during the departure clearance of an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft to Hong Kong, for consuming 49 wraps totaling 998.73 kilos of cocaine.

He clarified that the prosecution had to present evidence and go over the case’s facts after the defendant entered a guilty plea to the single count charge during his arraignment before Justice Joyce Obehi Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court, Abuja Division. [CONTINUE READING HERE]



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