By Daily Guide
A Nigerian, Onyedikechi Ugbana, who made an attempt to smuggle six bundles of cannabis sativa, a narcotic drug, to Nigeria has been found guilty of possessing narcotic drug without legal authority by an Accra Circuit court.
For his punishment, the court presided over by Francis Obiri sentenced him to 11 years’ imprisonment in hard labour.
The trial judge, after listening to the mitigation by his lawyer, George Asamaney, concluded that he would not give the convict maximum sentence because he had been in custody since August 24, 2011 and had also shown remorse for his action.
The prosecution’s case is that the complainant is one Jackson Kobbi, the Manager of Chisco Transport Company at the Neoplan Station.
According to the prosecution, on August 24, 2011, at about 7:30pm, he and one other at large came to board a bus to Nigeria.
The complainant said Ugbana and his accomplice at large had a woolen suit case which drew his attention when they were boarding the bus to Nigeria.
The complainant informed the police that their conduct was suspicious; therefore he subjected their luggage to a search.
When the search was conducted, 16 bundles of dried leaves were found in the suit case.
The drug reportedly had been concealed in the suit case with their clothing.
The complainant stated that when he attempted to call in the police, Ugbana and his accomplices took to their heels but were chased. Ugbana was arrested but his accomplice managed to escape.
The prosecution said when the leaves were tested, they proved positive for cannabis sativa, a narcotic drug.
By Mary Anane