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    Tuesday, 20 November 2018

    Court jails four Anambra traders

    A Federal High Court in Awka , Anambra State , presided over by Justice A. Abubakar , has sentenced four traders to six years in prison for dealing in fake drugs.

    The convicts , Anayo Okoye, Ifeanyi Onuoha , Chukwudozie Eze and Okechukwu Nwafor, will serve 18 months each in prison.
    They were found guilty of possessing and selling counterfeit and substandard drugs bearing forged trademarks.

    Their lawyer , E . O . Ego , had earlier pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy considering the fact that the convicts were first time offenders and had families to cater for .

    Delivering judgement, Justice Abubakar held that the accused should serve a prison term of 18 months each .

    Abubakar ordered that the jail term should run concurrently since one of the convicts had already been in detention for about five years .

    The prosecutor , Mr Nwokoro Emmanuel , who is a zonal legal officer, Federal Ministry of Justice, Enugu , hailed the judgment , describing it as a step in the right direction .

    He said , “ The judgment is a step in the right direction because that will send a warning signal to all those out there peddling fake drugs in the society .

    I do know that a lot of people have died as a result of fake drugs and this judgment will help in stopping that . We are there to ensure that people are safe in the society.
    “ To me , the judgment is okay . What is important is that it will serve as a deterrent to the public .

    It is aimed at stopping the people from indulging in the wrong acts. ”

    The convicts were initially arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos but the case was transferred to the Federal High Court in Awka .

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