Possession of tramadol: Man bags two-year imprisonment in Osun


Nwoke Ifeanyi, a traveller, has been sentenced to a two-year jail term for illegal possession of 600g of tramadol.

Ifeanyi was sentenced on Monday by Justice Mashkur Salisu of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

He was arraigned before the court on May 15, after which he admitted to illegally possessing the hard drug.

The prosecutor of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Olufemi Ijimakin, during the arraignment, disclosed that the convict was arrested along the Gbongan-Ibadan expressway with 1,010 capsules weighing 600g of tramadol, contrary to the provision of Section 19 of the NDLEA Act, 2004.

Justice Salisu, delivering the judgement, said that the confessional statement of Ifeanyi and his admittance of guilt, along with other pieces of evidence tendered by the prosecution, were enough to find him guilty.

The counsel to the convict, Alfred Adegoke, pleaded with the court to temper Justice with mercy because his client had promised to turn a new leaf.

In his judgement, Justice Salisu said: “The section under which Ifeanyi was convicted provided for a minimum of 15 years of sentencing.”

He considered the plea of the counsel and sentenced the convict to two years of imprisonment starting from the date of arrest, April 4, 2024.

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