Why Bolivians Were Sentenced to Jail in Nigeria

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Bolivian nationals, Reuben Ticono Jorge, Yhugo Chavaez Moreno, and Yerko Artunduago Dorado have been sentenced to jail by a Lagos hugh court for drug related offences in Nigeria.

The trio were convicted 21 November after they changed their plea to guilty over the two count charge of drug related offences levelled against them by the National Drugs Laws Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
 NDLEA’s prosecutor, Mr. Abu Ibrahim then tendered several documentary evidence, which include certificate of test analysis, drug analysis reports, their written statements written in English and Portuguese and other incriminating materials used in producing the banned drugs.

The presiding Judge Oluremi Oguntoyinbo then reserved judgement against the Bolivians till today, following the mercy plea by their lawyer, Chief Benson Ndakara, who urged the court to consider  the period they had spent in prison custody.

Delivering judgment in the criminal charge, Justice Oguntoyinbo, said the jail terms prescribed by the NDLEA Act for count one of the charge is life imprisonment without prescribing minimum sentence.
The judge also stated that the prescribed jail term for second count is 25 years without prescribing minimum jail terms.

Consequently, Justice Oguntoyinbo sentenced  the three Bolivians   to six years  on each count. The prison terms will run concurrently.

She ordered that the jail terms should start  running from 2nd of February, 2012 when they were arrested and have been in prison custody.

She also ordered that the drugs seized from the convicts should be destroyed by the officials of the anti-drug agency in the presence of the accused counsel.

The Bolivians however still have another case to answer.

3 Bolivians sentenced to 36 years imprisonment in Nigeria

They were re-arraigned alongside two Nigerians; Basil Ikechukwu Uzoka and Uba Ubachukwu Collins on a six count-charge of  unlawful production and storage of the controlled drug.
The  Bolivians alongside the Nigerians were accused of unlawful production of controlled drug known as Methamphetamine, and unlawfully using a property located at 38 Daily Times Estate, Satellite Town, for the production of the said controlled drug.

However, one of the Nigerians, Basil Ikechukwu was slammed with  three counts. He was not only  charged with  allowing the said property to be used for the unlawful storing of the controlled drug, but also charged with aiding and financing the convicted Bolivians in production of the drug.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The  offences alleged to have been committed by the convicts and the accused Nigerian collaborators are contrary to sections 20(1)(a), 12, 14(b), 20(1)(g) and 20(1)(f), and punishable under sections 20(2)(a), and 20(2)(b) of the National Drugs Laws Enforcement Agency Act, Cap. N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The case has been adjourned till 12 December 2016.


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