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Ex-NDLEA boss appeals conviction

By Innocent Anaba

Convicted former chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Mr.  Bello Lafiaji and his ex-Special Assistant, Usman Amali, who were convicted last month by a Lagos High Court, have appealed against their conviction.

Lafiaji bagged 16 years on  six of the seven-count charge. Amali got six years on  four counts. Lafiaji will spend four years in jail. Amali will spend three.

Justice Olusola Williams of the lower court had held, in convicting the convicts,  that the prosecution proved its case against Lafiaji and Amali and  consequently convicted them.

The convict, in their appeal before the Court of Appeal, Lagos, are praying the court to set aside the judgment of the lower court and thereafter discharge and acquit them respectively.

They are contending that their conviction and sentences were unwarranted, unjustified and unreasonable having regard to the evidence before the court, maintaining that the total term of 16 years imprisonment sentence and eight years imprisonment imposed by the lower court on Lafiaji and Amali, which is to run concurrently were too excessive in the circumstance of the case.

They are further contending in their appeal,  that the judgment is replete with clear misdirection of facts and evidence given by the parties and non-evaluation of evidence of defence witnesses and that as a result of the delay in the trial process and delivery of judgment, they suffered miscarriage of justice adding that the evidence adduced by their counsel were either ignored.


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