Friday, 30 June 2017

65-yr-old bags 25 years sentence over drug trafficking

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, sentenced 64-year-old Odeyemi Omolola, who is charged before the court alongside a Lagos socialite, Mrs. Funmilola Ogbuaya, to 25 years imprisonment, for attempting to export 1.595kg of cocaine to Saudi Arabia. .

Trial judge, Justice Hadizat Rabiu-Shagari sentenced the convict, who is also known as Ariyo Monsurat Olabisi, after she changed her plea in an amended five counts of the charge.

The convict was arraigned on three counts charge of conspiracy, unlawful possession of banned drug, and attempt to export the said banned drug to Saudi Arabia. .

The Lagos socialite, Ariket, is facing charges bordering on conspiracy, aiding and abetting and procuring of the said banned drug for the convict. The two accused persons had pleaded not guilty when they were both arraigned before the court, sometimes in May, this year.

However, at the resumed trial of the two accused persons yesterday, the convict, Omolara, through her lawyer, Mr. King Wilson, informed the court of her intention to change her plea, particularly, on count four of the charge, which bothered on attempt to export 1.595kg of Cocaine to Saudi Arabia. .

Her request was granted by Justice Rabiu-Shagari, who ordered the charge be read to her again. Upon the re-read of the charge, the convict pleaded guilty. Justice Rabiu-Shagari consequently sentenced her to 25 years imprisonment, starting from when she was first arrested.

Source: Vanguard, LIB

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