Tramadol sends man to prison

By Mojisola Oladele

Justice Mashkur Salisu of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo has sentenced a traveler, Nwoke Ifeanyi, to two years in prison for illegal possession of 600 grams of tramadol.

Ifeanyi was brought to court on May 15 and admitted the offense of illegal drug possession.

Indicting Ifeanyi, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, prosecutor, Mr. Olufemi Ijimakin, said the convict was arrested along Gbongan-Ibadan expressway with 1,010 capsules weighing 600 grams of tramadol, contrary to the provisions of section 19 of the NDLEA Act. 2004.

The convict’s lawyer, Mr. Alfred Adegoke, pleaded with the court to be merciful to his client, noting that he had promised to turn over a new leaf.

In his judgment, Justice Salisu explained that Ifeanyi’s confession and admission of guilt and other evidence presented by the prosecutor were sufficient to convict him.

Justice Salisu pointed out that section 19 of the NDLEA Act, 2004 under which Ifeanyi was convicted provided for a minimum sentence of 15 years, but considering the lawyer’s plea, the convict would be sentenced to two years of imprisonment from the date of his arrest on April 4, 2024.

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