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Pakistani Jailed 18 Months For Importing Heroin To Nigeria

Posted: Jul 15, 2015 at 5:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Andrew Utulu  –  LAGOS


At last, the National Drug Law enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has secured a judgment against a Pakitan national accused of importing 25.400kg of Heroin into the country last year.

Justice C. J. Aneke of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, passed the judgment  last Thursday  and sentenced the Pakistani, Iftikhar Muhammad Arslan to 18 months imprisonment for importing 25.400kg of high heroin valued at N220 million.

The convict was charged with a one count charge of unlawful importation of 25.400kg of heroin contrary to and punishable under section 11(a) of the NDLEA Act Cap N30, laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004. The convict claimed he was a medical student.

He initially pleaded not guilty but changed his plea midway in the trial and also pleaded for leniency.

His argument was opposed by NDLEA prosecutor, Mr Owens Fingere who told the court that the value of the drugs and the fact of the case must be considered in sentencing him.

Justice Aneke said that heroin is a dangerous drug that would have caused serious harm to the country. He added that the convict is a first time offender who is remorseful over his action.

He said that the court will show some leniency considering the fact that he is a student who deserves a second chance to correct his mistakes. He therefore sentenced him to eighteen months imprisonment.

Iftikhar was arrested by NDLEA at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMA), Lagos on April 5, 2014. Then he was 19.

The arrest was effected during the inward screening of passengers on Qatar Airways flight on his way from Doha, Qatar.

The brownish substance that tested positive to heroin was packed in 25 parcels hidden in a smaller bag inside his luggage. “I am a student of Punjab College and I am in Nigeria as a tourist because my friend told me that Victoria Island and Ikoyi are beautiful tourist centres.”

Unfortunately, when I arrived at the Lagos Airport, the heroin was found in my luggage. This is my first time of coming to Nigeria and I had intended to spend two  weeks here” Iftikihar said during his arrest.