A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday sentenced a 32-year old deaf and dumb, Aliu Sanni, to a three-year jail term for dealing in cocaine.
Justice M.B. Idris gave the judgment after Sanni had pleaded guilty to one count bordering on dealing in about 17.8 kilogrammes of cocaine.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency’s counsel, Mr. Orji Kalu, had informed the court that the accused was arrested on March 26, 2014 at Young Shall Grow Motor Park, Iddo, Lagos, while trying to move the narcotic out of Lagos.
The offence was said to violate Section 11(c) of the NDLEA Act, Cap N30, Law of the Federation, 2004.
In giving the ruling, Justice M.B. Idris said it would serve as a deterrent to others dealing in illicit drugs.
“Since the accused had pleaded guilty to the charge before this court, he is hereby convicted as charged.
“The convict was completely aware of his commercial activities in restricted drugs and so he must be punished.
“He is accordingly sentenced to three years imprisonment beginning from the day of arrest.
“The sentence of the convict shall serve as a warning signal to other drug traffickers.” Idris said.