Clearing agent jailed 10 years for importing tramadol into Nigeria 

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos State has convicted and sentenced a clearing agent, Cyril Ogunna, to 10 years imprisonment for unlawful importation of 657.5 kilogrammes of tramadol.

Justice Daniel Osiagor handed down the jail term on Friday after the convict pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy and unlawful importation of tramadol preferred against him by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

NDLEA prosecutor, Lily Wifa-Aranyeli, told the court that Ogunna was arrested with the drug on December 1, 2021, at ESS Libra Bonded Terminal, Ikorodu, Lagos. She said the tramadol was illegally imported into the country from India. 

Following his guilty plea, the prosecutor urged the court to sentence him, but his counsel, G. O. Okaka, urged the court to temper justice with mercy.

Justice Osiagor sentenced the convict to 10 years imprisonment or pay a fine of N500,000. He also ordered seizure and destruction of the tramadol. 

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