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Widow and Musician Sent to Jail in Lagos for Selling Drugs

In a recent court proceeding at the Federal High Court in Lagos, Adewunmi Taiwo, a widow, found herself facing a six-month prison sentence following her admission of guilt for unlawfully attempting to export 5.70 kg of Codeine to the United Kingdom. The verdict was delivered by Justice Akintayo Aluko on Tuesday, in response to a charge brought against her by the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).The incident in question transpired on July 27, 2023, at the Skyway Handling Company export shed located within the customs precinct of the Muritala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos State. The charges levied against Taiwo were based on the violation of Section 11(b) of the NDLEA Act, specifically pertaining to the unlawful exportation of controlled substances.During the proceedings, the prosecutor, Abu Ibrahim, acting on behalf of the NDLEA, detailed the circumstances of the case. Taiwo’s defense counsel, Benson Ndakara, sought leniency from the court, highlighting her status as a widow and first-time offender.In the aftermath of careful consideration, Justice Aluko pronounced the sentence: six months of imprisonment, coupled with an alternative option of a fine amounting to N300,000.Coinciding with this case, the same judge, Justice Aluko, also rendered a verdict on another matter that unfolded within the walls of the court. Femi Saka, a 37-year-old musician, faced charges of engaging in the illicit trade of hard drugs. Saka, upon his admission of guilt for the three counts brought against him—related to the possession of Cannabis Sativa, Methamphetamine, and Molly—was sentenced to one year of imprisonment.The prosecution, represented by M. I. Erondu, detailed that Saka committed the offenses on July 11, 2023. Saka’s defense counsel, O. Jakovo, implored the court to consider a less severe sentence, urging for a non-custodial alternative.Justice Aluko’s ruling concluded the proceedings with the sentencing of Saka to 12 months of imprisonment, accompanied by the option of a N200,000 fine for each of the three counts, resulting in a cumulative fine of N600,000.


Ademola Adeyemi

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