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Ethiopian court imprisons hard-hearted Nigerian drug smuggler for 7 years

East Africa –Authorities in Ethiopia have sentenced a serial Nigerian drug dealer identified as Emika Riphael.

Riphael was on Thursday sentenced to seven years in prison by a court in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, after he was found guilty of smuggling 500 capsules of cocaine.

The 36-years old Riphael was arrested on August 17, 2017 at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, following a tedious inspection in which the scanner sensed leery pills concealed in his stomach.

The country’s security services said Riphael hid 11 packages of cocaine. The police announced that they have repossessed an extra16 packages of cocaine from his stomach, in the following days.

The Nigerian drug dealer was caught while transiting through Addis Ababa Airport, after arriving from Sao-Paulo, Brazil, and travelling to Nigeria.

Police authorities say Riphael was accused of smuggling a total of 27 packages of cocaine. Upon his arrest, he was charged under the country’s smuggling of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances law.

Globe Afrique has learned that Ethiopia’s Federal High Court on Thursday gave the verdict of seven-year of imprisonment with hard labor.

Drug dealings has become a major issue affecting Nigerians.  Thousands of Nigerians are locked up around the world.  In South Africa, several Nigerians were jailed for 105 years for selling drugs.

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Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere is a public affairs researcher and senior investigative correspondent.

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