Vietnam court overturns death penalty for Nigerian drug mule


Ejiogu Benjamin Ikechukwu got shown mercy by a court in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday. The court reduced a death sentence previously handed to him for bringing methamphetamine into Vietnam to life imprisonment. The indictment said
Ejiogu Benjamin Ikechukwu had nearly 3.3kg of the drug in metal tubes and a laptop charger in his luggage as he flew to Tan Son Nhat in June 2012.

He had transited in Qatar. Benjamin, 33, said he only planned to go to Vietnam to buy clothes to resell them in Nigeria and had no idea about the drug in his luggage. He said a man asked him to carry the tubes and the charger to Vietnam and someone would pick them up.

A Ho Chi Minh court in August 2013 sentenced him to death, but he appealed the verdict. The People’s Supreme Court then canceled the verdict, ordering a new investigation. Investigators could not track down the people who had used him as a drug mule.

Those convicted of smuggling more than 600g of heroin or more than 2.5kgof methamphetamine in Vietnam face the death penalty. The production or sale of 100g of heroin or 300g of other illegal narcotics is also punishable by death….. he will b in Nigeria by next week to celebrate d verdict b4 going back to complete his term…..

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