Nigerian Man Charged In Uganda For Being In Possession Of Cocaine Worth N905m

Nigerian, Madu Chima (L) and Ibanda Abubaka (R) at the Anti-Corruption Court. Photo by Michael Odeng of Uganda’s New Vision
Nigerian, Madu Chima (L) and Ibanda Abubaka (R) at the Anti-Corruption Court. Photo by Michael Odeng of Uganda’s New Vision

A Nigerian man, Madu Chima, has been arrested and charged in Uganda for allegedly being in possession of 320grammes of cocaine worth sh244.4m (N905m).

Chima, 37, was arrested alongside one Ibanda Abubakali, 31, a security guard attached to Pinnacle Security Limited.

Appearing before Grade One Magistrate Abert Asiimwe, the duo pleaded not guilty to charges of acquiring prohibited goods, trafficking in a narcotic drug or psychotropic substance and importing prohibited goods.

They also face charges of conspiracy to contravene a provision of East African Community Customs Management Act and attempting to contravene a provision of Narcotic Drugs Act.

According to the Act, any person who commits the offence is liable to be convicted to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to a fine equal to fifty percent of the dutiable value of the goods involved, or both.

According to court documents, Chima on August 6, 2020, at Makindye in Kampala, received a cocaine package from Ibanda Abubakali that was shipped by DHL Airway bill HAWB 2154260544 from Columbia through the United States of America.

The two were arrested after Ibanda received a call from DHL to pick the consignment.

The court stated that when Ibanda got to the DHL office, he did not have the tracking number and had to get it from his friend, John who in this case is Madu Chima.

As Ibanda was handing over the consignment to Chima, the pair were arrested.

During police interrogation, the duo denied knowledge of the content they received, but Chima admitted that the package was for his Nigerian friend, one Ozo, who failed to come for it due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Chima, according to the charge sheet, is a businessperson and a resident of Salama road, Makindye Division in Kampala. He got to know Ibanda from the Post Office, where he works as a security guard.

State Prosecutor Stuart Aheebwa, attached to Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) informed the court that investigations in the matter are incomplete and asked the court to adjourn the case.

According to him, he would use that time to acquire a report that will be used to pin the accused of the crime during the hearing of the case.

This prompted the magistrate to remand the accused and advised them to get sureties of Ugandan nationals in other to get bail. The case was adjourned to August 25, 2020.

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