The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, or NDLEA, has announced that between September and November 2021, 475 people were convicted and sentenced to varying prison terms after the agency brought charges against them in Federal High Courts around the country.
According to a statement released today by the agency’s spokesperson, Babafemi Femi, the figure represents a fraction of the over 1,000 traffickers detained for drug offenses between January and November.
According to him, a total of 73 people were convicted in September, with Jigawa registering the largest number of convicts (15), followed by Adamawa (14), and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) (11).
“Jigawa state also topped the chart of the 150 convictions recorded by the Agency in October with 14 convicts, followed by Niger-13; Katsina-12; Taraba-11 and Lagos- 11.
Adamawa and Abia states had the highest conviction figure in November with 23 each out of a total of 252 convictions recorded by the anti-narcotic agency in the past month, while FCT had 21 and Plateau- 14” the statement in part read
The case of 32-year-old Chukwuemeka Kalu Orji, who was sentenced to ten years in jail with hard labor on October 13th by Justice E.N.Anyadike of the Federal High Court, Umuahia, Abia state, is one of the most interesting, according to Babafemi.
“The sentence makes it the third time Kalu Orji will be convicted and jailed for drug offences. He was first sentenced to eight months in prison on 15th December 2017 by Justice Anyadike, and jailed for three years on 13th Dec, 2020 by Justice D.E. Osiagor” he said