Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ex-NDLEA boss bags 16-yr jail sentence

Bello Lafiaji

Former Chairman of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Bello Lafiaji on Monday bagged 16-year imprisonment on a six-count charge of conspiracy and official corruption. He was jailed along with his Personal Assistant, Usman Amali, who is also to be behind bars for the next seven years.

However, Lafiaji would spend four years in prison since the sentence would run concurrently while Amali would spend two years. In the seven-count charge preferred against the duo by Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC), they were said to have in November 2005, conspired to unlawfully receive 164,300 euros from a suspected drug baron, Ikenna Onochie who was arrested for allegedly engaging in trafficking of heroin.

Onochie’s property including the money had been seized by the NDLEA. The money was said to have been collected to release him and his vehicles from custody.
Delivering the judgment, Justice Olusola Williams of the Lagos High Court sitting in Tafawa Balewa Square held that the former NDLEA boss had done well for the agency by raising its standards but he rubbished his reputation and career when he and Amali used their offices to enrich themselves.


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