26-Year-Old Nigerian Lawyer Gets 5-Year Jail Term For Drug Trafficking

The Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday sentenced a 26-year-old lawyer, Sulaimon Kaosarat Yetunde, to five years imprisonment for drug trafficking.

Justice Daniel Osiagor handed down the verdict following Miss Yetunde’s “guilty” plea to a charge of conspiracy and the unlawful export of 1.10 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa.

The convict, who was arraigned by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), was said to have studied law at a Benin Republic university.

Prosecution counsel Mr. Abu Ibrahim told the court that Yetunde, of 28, Fehintola Giwa Street, Aguda – Surulere, Lagos, was arrested on July 18, 2022, at the Export Shed of the National Handling Company Limited (NAHCO), a Customs Area/Point of thé Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja-Lagos.

She was said to have been attempting to export the banned substance.

The court heard that Yetunde procured one Benjamin Christopher Joel to commit the illegal act.

The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 21 (2)(d) and 11 (b) of the NDLEA Act, 2004 and were punishable under S. 11 (b) of the same Act.

Justice Osiagor sentenced Yetunde to five years imprisonment but gave her an option of N100,000 fine.