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Vietnam Court Overturns Death Sentence for Nigerian Drug Trafficker

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Ejiogu Benjamin Ikechukwu

Ejiogu Benjamin Ikechukwu

A Vietnam court on Monday reduced a death sentence previously handed to a Nigerian man named Ejiogu Benjamin Ikechukwu for drug trafficking. The sentence has been reduced to life imprisonment.

According to Thanhniennews, Ikechukwu, 33, had nearly 3.3 kilograms of methamphetamine smuggled in metal tubes and a laptop charger in his luggage as he flew to Tan Son Nhat in June 2012.

The report further states:

The 33-year-old 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 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine in Vietnam face the death penalty.

The production or sale of 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other illegal narcotics is also punishable by death.

Photo Credit: Dan Tri/Thanhniennews

10 Comments

  1. J.J

    August 18, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Nonsense story. how can you tell me that you don”t have any knowledge of what you have been accused of? Osetigo n

  2. Damilola's

    August 18, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Are Igbos claiming or disowning? Or they want Nigeria(a country they don’t want to be part of) to claim all these drug traffickers coming Malaysia.

    • Still I

      August 18, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      Hehehe, nawa oh. Early signs of Hypertension. I heard this is how it starts.
      Going by his name, the man is Igbo. Me, I am Igbo. Proudly and happily Igbo. So you Damilola, what exactly are you claiming and disowning?
      Fortunately, there’s still some time for repentance and treatment for your kind. Make the most of it. Inugo?

    • Ogo

      August 18, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      How did you manage to make this about Igbo people? You are deep yo! Lol!

    • Tiki

      August 18, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      I don’t have to be Nigerian to know that this comment is asinine.

  3. hmmmmm

    August 18, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Igbos= Drug Lord & baby factories, Yorubas = Ritualism & Fraud, Hausas = suicide bombers & Under aged rapist, Benin= thieves & Prostitutes, you can complete the rest, Giant of Africa indeed.

    • kumar

      August 19, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      Nope yoruba equals rape and juju. This country need cleansing

  4. olumikel

    August 18, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    this issue of drug trafficking is getting to much. they are disgracing Nigeria

  5. Tina

    August 18, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Don’t these people ever learn? Are they so desperate they are willing to risk their lives?

  6. timber

    August 18, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    hardship can cause one go extra mile in other to survive, most of all these rich men in our society which we respect alot does similar business……so the young man in unfortunate to had been caught…

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