Seven Nigerian nationals were sentenced to 105 years imprisonment by the Benoni Magistates’ Court in South African on 12 October 2016, after they were found guilty of dealing in drugs last week Thursday, December 8th.
The seven Nigerians were each sentenced to an effective 15 years without an option of a fine. The combined sentenced is 105 years.
Head of the Gauteng Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation Major General Prince Mokotedi welcomed the judgement handed down by the Magistrates’ Court against the seven drug suspects. Similarly, Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Major General Prince Mokotedi, also welcomed the sentence and praised the court for a job well done.
“They attempted on several occasion to apply for bail, however, they were unable as they were considered flight risks. The suspects were sentenced to an effective 15 years each without an option of any fine. The combined sentenced total  years all together.
“This is indeed a welcomed precedent set by our courts and this will help our efforts to combat drugs trafficking a great deal. We are proud of our team’s efforts in ensuring a successful prosecution in this matter.
“Such convictions will motivate our members to work even more harder. From now on, drug dealers will feel the full might of the law, we are more determined to fight this scourge,” said Mokotedi.
The Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime members acted on a tip-off and arrested the convicts, Valentine Chigbo Okoye (36), Patrick Chime Uche (38), Chucks Ugo Thomas (37), Emeka Azodo (40), Chinaemelum Uba (24), and Chucku Imeka Ekwemozok (34) in October 2014 after they were found packaging heroine worth an estimated value of R214 000, into small wrappings for distribution in Crystal park, Benoni.
Although they attempted on several occasions to apply for bail, they were however denied as they were considered flight risks.