Chima Okoyi, a 35-year-old Nigerian, has gotten into hassle in Malawi.
Okoyi, residing in Lilongwe, Malawi, has been fined K1.5 million (about N628,000 formally), or danger a 12-month jail time period with arduous labour over alleged possession of cocaine.
Based on Lilongwe Police spokesperson Hastings Chigalu, the court docket thought-about that Okoyi was a primary offender and that the amount of cocaine was small.
Nonetheless, the presiding decide had earlier agreed with state prosecutors that the convict deserved a stiffer punishment.
Based on the prosecutors, drug-related instances are actually rampant in Malawi, with Nigerians topping the listing of offenders.
Nyasa Instances experiences that following a tip-off, the police arrested Okoyi at his residence within the nation’s capital on August 27 and located medication hidden below his mattress.
“Lilongwe Police drug detectives, accompanied by Central West Region officers, invaded the said premises at around 15:00 hours,” Hastings Chigalu, Lilongwe police spokesperson, mentioned after his arrest.
He mentioned with the blessing of Lilongwe Justice of the Peace Court docket that granted a search warrant, detectives completely searched Okoyi’s residence and located “the suspected cocaine hidden below his mattress”.
The medication have been despatched to the nation’s pharmacy, medicines and regulatory authority for evaluation and have been later confirmed to be cocaine, the report revealed.