By Vera Samuel-Anyagafu
A court in Guangdong Province, China, has confirmed the death sentence on suspected drug smuggler, Mr. Ikechukwu Peter Obiekezie, with two years probation.
Vanguard gathered that Mr. Obiekezie, with Nigerian Passport No. A50296207 was on October 2, 2016, arrested at the Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, China, upon arrival from Addis Ababa aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight No. ET 606 on suspicion of smuggling cocaine into China.
He has since October 3, 2016, joined the growing list of Nigerians who were detained and serving various jail terms in Guangdong Province, after he excreted 1410.9 grammes of cocaine at the Chinese Aviation hospital.
Obiekezie was on August 18, 2017, issued a death sentence, following the rejection of an appeal made at the Intermediate Peoples’ Court of Guangzhou after he was declared guilty of smuggling 1410.9 grammes of cocaine into China and was given a suspended death sentence.
A follow up report from the Nigerian Consulate General in Guangzhou, China, disclosed that the death sentence will not be carried out within the period of two years if the convict shows remorse, good behaviour and if no new crime is intentionally committed during the two-year probationary period.
Should that happen, the death sentence will be reduced to life or 15 years imprisonment.