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Nigerian pleads guilty to trafficking cocaine

October 16, 2019

By Ibrahim K.Turay

One Isaac Chukwunonso, a Nigeria citizen, had yesterday (Tuesday October 15th), pleaded guilty to the offence of importing cocaine into Sierra Leone without lawful authority.

The convict who awaits judgment before Justice Alhaji Momoh Jah Stevens is in court on three count of conspiracy to import a Prohibited Drug contrary to Section 15, Importation of a Prohibited Authority, contrary to Section 7 (b), and Unlawful Possession of a Prohibited Drug, contrary to Section 8(a) of the National Drugs Control Act of 2008.

State prosecutor, Lawyer J .B. Kamara,  alleged that  the convict  on 17th  of July, 2018, and on diverse dates between 17th and 20th July, 2018 at Hastings Western Rural in  Freetown, conspired with unknown individuals and imported  prohibited drug into Sierra Leone to wit Cocaine.

The convict had initially pleaded not guilty to the charges when he was arraigned in court, but subsequently changed his plea.

In his plea of mitigation on behalf of the convict, lawyer M. Karimu told the judge that his client had not wanted to waste the court’s time that is why he changed his previous plea, thus pleading to the Bench to tamper justice with mercy

The judge said he needed to study the Drugs Act very carefully before he would hand down judgment on the next adjourn date-22 October.