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NIGERIAN NATIONAL SENTENCED FOR HASH TRAFFICKING – BY WELLS CHIFUNDA

Lusaka Magistrate Court has sentenced a Nigerian national to 9 months imprisonment with hard labor for trafficking over 26 litres of hash oil, a cannabis concentrate. 

Victor Obinma Okeke, 47, a businessman of Matero Township in Lusaka, was intercepted at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport where he had gone to collect his contraband containing 227 bottles weighing 2.2 kilograms of hashish paste and 26.45 litres of hashish oil.

Hashish, aka ‘hash’, is a cannabis product composed of compressed or purified cannabis plants.

The contraband entered the country through Rwanda Air Cargo and was concealed in wigs packaged in 4 sacks, according to the Drug Enforcement Commission.

And delivering his judgment, magistrate Lameck Mwale said the state has proved its case beyond doubt and has since found Mr. Okeke guilty and convicted him as charged. The sentence runs with effect from the day of arrest, March 13th 2020. 

In mitigation, Okeke requested the court to exercise maximum lenience, saying he is a first time offender and was also remorseful.

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