Nigerian Student To Die For Drug Trafficking In Malaysia

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adokie

A Nigerian student studying at a private college in Malaysia is to die by hanging after he was found guilty of trafficking in 725.4 gm of methamphetamine three years ago

Luke Ugwu, aged 29, was said to have committed the offence at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport arrival hall in Sepang at 9.45 pm on May 15, 2012.

Also, two other Nigerian students escaped the noose after one of them pleaded guilty to an alternative charge.

Onyeme Okechukwu, and Obdiegwu Sigismund, initially claimed trial to trafficking in 4,432 gm of cannabis, under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries the death sentence.

They were accused of committing the offence at the parking lot at Magna Villa Condo, Selayang around 1 am on February 20, 2012.

When the trial was about to commence today, Onyeme pleaded guilty to the alternative charge of drug possession and received a 12-year sentence and 12 strokes of the cane, while Obdiegwu was discharged and acquitted.

Onyeme is to serve the jail term from the date of his arrest on February 20, 2012.