wpid-man-in-prison-behind-bars-jail.jpegIt was the end of the road for a prison warder who was jailed 10 years imprisonment yesterday for supplying narcotics, to inmates at the kirikiri maximum prisons, Lagos.

The 31-year-old warder, Frank Obi, is currently cooling his feet at the prison, not as warder but as a prisoner.

Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court Lagos, on Friday, sentenced Obi to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking.

The trial judge convicted the accused person after he pleadedguilty to the one-count charge of supplying restricted narcotics, to inmates at the kirikiri maximum prisons.

The court lashed Obi saying that he was an agent of shame to lawful authorities, and accordingly, sentenced him.

“It was indeed very shameful, that a prison official who knows the values of the prison system, and ought to be a custodian of the law, is now the perpetrator of crime.

“And following the guilty plea you entered, you are hereby convicted as charged, and accordingly, sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, without option of fine,” the judge held.

The trial judge added that the sentence shall take effect from May 6, when the convict was arrested, while the convict is to serve his jail term at the Ikoyi Prisons.

Obi was arraigned before the court on October 9, 2013, on a one-count charge of illicit drug deal.

The accused pleaded guilty then, while the judge adjourned till yesterday, for a review of the facts and sentencing.

While reviewing the facts, the prosecutor, Mr Kalu Orji, told the court that the convict committed the offence on May 6, 2013, at the Kirikiri Maximum Security Prisons.

Orji said nemesis caught up with the convict, who worked as a warder, when the prison authorities apprehended him for sneaking in about 3.8 kilograms of Cannabis Sativa, a.k.a Indian hemp, to some inmates.

He told the court that the convict concealed the narcotic in an Indomie carton, to avoid suspicion.

According to the prosecutor, further investigations revealed that the convict had been in the business of collecting money from inmates, in exchange for the narcotic.

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