Ex KSA’s Band Boy Gets 3 Years Jail For cocaine

Justice S. Seidu of the Federal High Court, Lagos,on Tuesday sentenced a veteran guitarist Fatoke Abiodun to 3years imprisonment for drug trafficking.

The convict pleaded guilty to one count charge of

unlawful exportation of 1.575kg of cocaine on

February 26 while ruling was reserved till this


The defence counsel, Mr. Bayo Onifade, had

pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy

since the convict is 62 years old, a husband of three

wives with 12 children.

In his ruling, Justice Seidu sentenced the convict to

three years imprisonment with effect from the date

of arrest.

He noted that the appeal of the defence counsel

and the fact that the convict pleaded guilty as

charged without wasting the time of the court was

carefully considered.

Meanwhile, the Chairman/Chief Executive of the

NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade has reiterated his call for

stiffer penalty for drug offenders.

According to Giade, "punishment must be commensurate to serve as a deterrent to others.

The drug is worth several millions of naira and the

damage to humanity cannot be quantified."

Abiodun was apprehended by NDLEA operatives on

January 1 at the Murtala Mohammed International

Airport, Lagos.

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