Panaji, India, Sept 2nd. The sessions court, Panaji has sentenced a 34-year-old Nigerian man to undergo rigorous imprisonment (ie hard labor) for a period of two years in a drug case. Sessions court Judge Irshad Agha convicted Chidi Osita Okonkwo for the offence punishable under Section 21(b) of the NDPS Act, 1985.
Chidi Osita Okonkwo was arrested by police in February 2014 at a location in Anjuna. According to Anjuna police, the accused was found in possession of cocaine weighing around 4.90 grams, worth around Rs 50,000. The seized drug was sent to Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Hyderabad for analysis which detected it to be cocaine. After police received the report from the CFSL, the charge-sheet was filed.
As per the Judge’s order, Chidi Osita Okonkwo accused was held guilty of the offence punishable under Section 21(b) of the NDPS Act, 1985 with respect to cocaine and, hence, sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for a period of two years and ordered to pay fine of Rs 50,000 and in default of it, to undergo further rigorous imprisonment for a period of six months.
Chidi Osita Okonkwo was arrested on February 17, 2014 and bailed out on February 19, of the same year. He was again arrested on July 28, 2016 and since thereafter he continued to remain in judicial custody. Under Section 482 of CrPC, 1973, the period of detention undergone from the date of his arrest shall be set off against the term of imprisonment imposed on him, the Judge observed in the order.
Anjuna police also said that convicted Chidi Osita Okonkwo, is in India illegally. A copy of his passport and visa sought by the court on August 5, 2015, revealed that he is staying illegally as his passport expired in February 2013 and his visa expired in October 2009.
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In another case, accused Ebuka Chinba Obeikwa, 31, a Nigerian national, arrested in March 2015 under the NDPS Act is awaiting trail before the principal district and sessions court at Panaji. He also faces another trial in the same court. Ebuka Chinba Obeikwa, is presently in judicial custody at the central jail, Colvale. Investigations revealed that his passport expired in November 2012 while his visa was valid till December 2014. Both accused were found staying illegally in the country without valid travel documents.
Anjuna police have booked offences under Sec 7 (i), (iii) of Foreigner Order Act 1948 read with Sec 14 of Foreigner Act 1946 and Sec 3 (2) (a) and 6 (a) of Passport Entry into India Rules 1950 and Sec 3 read with Sec 4 of Passport Entry Act in both the cases. Anjuna police are further investigating the cases.