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Nigerian Drug Convict loses appeal for Reprieve in Cambodian Court




Precious Nwoko led away after losing his appeal

Precious Nwoko led away after losing his appeal

A Nigerian drug convict in Cambodia, Precious Chineme Nwoko has had his hope for reprieve dashed. Nwoko, also known as Precious Max and linked with several Australian women arrested for being his mules, was sentenced to 27 years imprisonment in 2014.

His hope for reprieve was dashed by a Cambodian appeals court on Tuesday. The court upheld his prison term, ruling that it was appropriate and in accordance with Cambodia law. The court also upheld the prison terms slammed on a Frenchwoman, and an Australian. The trio were all convicted for trying to smuggle heroin to Australia.

Judge Pol Sam Ouen said the sentences given by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in May 2014 to then-19-year-old Frenchwoman Charlene Savarino, 41-year-old Ann Yoshe Taylor of Australia and 23-year-old Precious Nwoko of Nigeria were correct.

The lower court had sentenced Savarino to 25 years in prison, Taylor to 23 years and Nwoko to 27 years.

Savarino and Taylor were arrested in September 2013 at Phnom Penh International Airport after police found 2.2 kilograms (4.8 pounds) of heroin in Taylor’s luggage as they prepared to fly together to Australia.

Nwoko, Savarino’s boyfriend, was believed to have masterminded the smuggling and asked Savarino to make the arrangements.

Cambodia is not a major producer of illegal drugs but has increasingly become a smuggling transit route.

Khieu Vann, the lawyer for Taylor, told reporters that the appeals court’s decision was an injustice and that he would consult with his client to see if she wished to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Asked today by journalists why he used dating scams to turn women into drug mules, Nwoko became enraged, according to a report by Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald.

“Are you stupid? Get out of here. You think you can come here and ask questions while I am jail,” he shouted at Luke McMahon, a Melbourne writer who has revealed Taylor’s plight in an exclusive story for Fairfax Media.

Nwoko had posed as a successful South African businessman in Phnom Penh when he befriended Taylor on the internet. She became romantically involved with him after he had paid for her airfare to Cambodia.

On September 18, 2013, Nwoko asked Taylor, who was due to fly back to Australia, to take a backpack full of samples for an arts and crafts business in which he claimed to have an involvement.

She hadn’t made it to the check-in counter when police swooped and found about two kilograms of heroin in the backpack. Nwoko was arrested soon after.

Australian police are investigating a growing number of internet scams targeting Australians in south-east Asian countries, including Cambodia, where Nwoko is believed to be still operating scams, from his jail cell, targeting Australian women.


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  1. Tee

    December 6, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Always Igbo boys,he’s lucky they are not executing him. They stay smuggling drugs always about the fast money

    • A Real Nigerian

      December 6, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      Don’t mind these igbo people. Later they will carry their insecurity and be shouting “we produced Chimamanda!”, “we produced Azikiwe!!”, “we produced Achebe!!”

    • A Real Nigerian

      December 6, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      Tahhhh! Gerrahia biiko

    • EE

      December 6, 2016 at 11:39 pm

      “Think about it for a minute, do we have any voice for our generation? Who is speaking for us and to us?”
      Well, Chimamanda has the potential.”

      – A Real Nigerian November 26, 2016 at 12:20 pm

      You have a talent for finding a comment likely to be the most popular in a given thread. What do you stand for?

    • A Real Nigerian

      December 7, 2016 at 2:33 am

      “What do you stand for?”

  2. bobrisky

    December 6, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    BN, beautybyjj aka jennie jenkins just uploaded a vlog. In it, she was at Bobrisky’s meet and greet event in London and she vlogged it. In case you want to share.

  3. Ba

    December 6, 2016 at 9:44 pm


    You should stay @home and be doing your drug bizness in a lawless full of corruption no good future for nothing.

  4. A Real Nigerian

    December 6, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Igbo people ehn. It’s always a Chinedu, or an Obiora or a Kelechi.

    • Andrew

      December 6, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      Duh no it’s not. This one is Chineme.

    • A Real Nigerian

      December 6, 2016 at 10:47 pm


    • SMH @ you!

      December 6, 2016 at 11:43 pm

      The same “A Real Nigerian” that chastised someone else for tribalism against Zahra Buhari, admonishing against judging against a whole people by the actions of a few.

      Where were you when a few posts ago Bellanaija posted news about the caught Fulani kidnappers who murdered a political aid?

      I can deduce that you are either Yoruba or Hausa/Fulani. Unlike Igbo commenters who are either unabashedly tribalistic or politically correct to a fault, I noticed that Yorubas (particularly) have a subtle way of playing both cards and trying to sound enlightened while being bigoted.

      You are just as primitive and backwards as the Africans/Nigerians you like to condemn.

      I’m not Igbo but I call out hypocrisy when I see it.

    • EE

      December 7, 2016 at 2:07 am

      Hian politically correct to a fault. We just can’t win with you people.

    • A Real Nigerian

      December 7, 2016 at 2:31 am

      I love how your comment completely contradicts what you are trying to prove/stand against.

  5. Fact

    December 6, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    You’re not a real Nigerian. You’re a bigoted Nigerian. It’s very unfair and mean to define people by the actions of a few. When igbos do great things do you say it’s always igbo people?
    I’m sure there are mean foreigners like you that will be saying it’s always Nigerian people. Afterall he represents YOUR country. They are all 419. That’s an insult to many of us hustling clean and working hard. BTW I’m not Igbo.


    December 6, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    I know other idiots like him will not learn from him not to peddle drugs. Now this fool will have to sit in the slammer for twenty seven years in a Cambodia jail to atone for his sins.

  7. o

    December 6, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    He is lucky it wasn’t death penalty

  8. Ekene

    December 6, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    My brother ndo. Some of you have refused to do genine business abroad.

    I have a childhood friend, who was seriously going to chapel for prayers so that God will perfect his wishes of moving to SA. Eventually he got the Visa. On one good day, be made a Facebook post praising God for His protection. I sent him a DM, so he can share the goodnews with me. He narrated how he escaped SA police who arrived due to shooting in the place he was to deliver hard drugs.

    Some of my young people abroad see drug trafficking as something genuine that requires supplication and Thanksgiving to God for successful transactions. Serious orientation is needed and families should stop encouraging their boys from going abroad when it’s obvious he is not going there to study nor start a work.

  9. Frank

    December 7, 2016 at 1:01 am

    They should have killed his stupid monkey ass

  10. Temi

    December 7, 2016 at 2:46 am

    What a shame!!! I went to school in U.S with this Emeka…… something.. at 20 he was dressing up like a businessman with nothing in his head.. the next thing Police came on campus , this boy was receiving cocaine through huge text books which was sent to him… the police caught his deal and he was arrested… We were the two Nigerians in the Political Science courses… from that day.. classmates, professors even Janitors… stayed away from me.. After I graduated, I left that town.. I was so ashamed.. Let’s stop this now… it has been going on and on… Nigerians love money but who doesn’t… but it has to be earned honestly.. not through scams and lies.

    • A Real Nigerian

      December 7, 2016 at 2:52 am

      So his real name isn’t Precious Chineme Nwoko?

    • Le coco

      December 7, 2016 at 7:02 am

      I agree with you.. it needs to end.. giving the rest of us a bad name.. I will never support.. when some nigerians ca me snobby for bot wanting to associate.. I no send.. I refuse to associates wit ppl who r doing rubbish.. I knw gree. they shld have given him the death penalty..

      The most irritating thing is that they can make an honest living.. they just choose not to..

    • #MadeInNaija

      December 7, 2016 at 11:45 am

      Well written. We all have choices but some have chosen to ”die” while trying to make it. The society including the church today glorifies wealth therefore so much pressure on people to belong. We need to retrace our steps and imbibe a life on contentment and hardwork. There is dignity in genuine labour. Some people have swallowed pride to engage in the least of menial jobs not because they aren’t strong/intelligent to do armed-robbery or scam/drug trafficking but they believe so much in dignity of labour. Kudos to all that struggle daily to earn a decent living.

  11. Idomagirl

    December 7, 2016 at 11:50 am

    He is still running scams from his prison cell.
    Na wa.

  12. NG

    December 7, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    In whatever he does, the Igbo will excel. Any Igbo reading this, learn what I discovered- the history Nigeria will not teach her children: before the civil war, Ndigbo held sway in government the industries and in commerce. They came late to education and western civilization but in a matter of just 3 decades, overtook the south west and the north who had had early contact with the west.

    The Igbo so overtook all that their tentacles spread beyond the east, to the west and the north. They were in control. Then the jealousy by the other regions found outlet due to the civil war and the gains of Ndigbo in industry was wrested by the South west through Awolowo’s indigenization program that sold off equities in national companies when Ndigbo just came out of the war with just 10 pounds for whatever amount each person had in the banking system before the war. The north took control of the bureaucracy i.e. government and the battle ever since has been efforts to maintain the new status quo. That was why the SW could not withstand a Jonathan whom they perceived was giving Ndigbo some key roles in the nation which could translate to economic empowerment since government equates to money too in Nigeria- it is about who controls the oil.

    The SW has been able to hold unto economic power through self development ok, but also through tribalistic turf protection of what they got. The north will use any means to hold unto power, including convenient coups like that which sacked Shagari so an Ekwueme does not get to power. They don’t care about efficiency in government, it is all about perpetuating their hold on power even if a cow gets to be promoted over intelligent human beings in positions. One chief reason nothing works in government in Nigeria.

    So where do all these tie-in to the drug convict? The push to constrict Ndigbo in Nigeria has created a society of the driven (yes, Ndigbo are driven!) without opportunities- outlets. The result is a gradual eroding of the moral compass. The elders could not hold it together. What do you teach a child when you say to him ‘face your education that is a route to success’ and the first generation listens and at the end of the day the elder is proved wrong. They saw people they were better than in school getting jobs in government and big companies while they with their best certificates remained beggarly. The elders also grew to become beggarly for their intellect could not safeguard continued patronage to them on their various endeavours which were dependent on government and big-companies patronage- hallmark of Nigerian business environment. Decades of this scenario has produced a people desperate to survive and ‘make it’ by any means because the Igbo cannot be satisfied by anything other a success story.

    Long epistle that needs a book lol. The book shall come by God’s grace. Likewise the relevant questions on what Ndigbo should now be doing to recover lost ground. The conversation is beginning although with vicious attempt to muffle it by the bigots in Government and the non-perceptive amongst Ndigbo. The youths need to know this history and then… take things from there because no one will yield ground for the other without some exertion/efforts.

    Ndigbo, teach your children/brothers/sisters/etc that they have what it takes to get back on the beat…it is in them. They don’t need to accept the denaturing of their being by these enforced dehumanizing circumstances.

    • #MadeInNaija

      December 7, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      I am an Ibo and we have not been in any sort of competition with any other tribe except ourselves. There is no unity amongst ourselves. You can only expect other tribes to like/love you when you like yourself. That is the truth. You epistle is untrue. Have you asked yourself why many Ibos do not marry outside their states. It is because of trust issues. How many Anambra men married Imo/Abia women or vice-versa? Inter-marriage amongst Ibos are not encouraged. How & where did osu-caste start? Is it not in Iboland. Is that not discrimination? Was it not late Prof. Dora Akunyili that fought Ibo fake drug manufacturers to a standstill at Onitsha Head Bridge. Is it not at Iweka Rd, Pound Rd and Idumota that they pirate home videos? Let us call a spade a spade. We need to address our internal issues before looking elsewhere for our misfortunes. God bless the founding Fathers of Nigeria.

  13. Bowl

    December 8, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Many thanks again NG.MadeinNaija, I don’t know what you are talking about.

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