Ex-lawmaker gets seven-year jail for drug trafficking
A former member of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Missa Bobbo, and a notorious drug
baron, Bappa Madu, of Ngurore town have been
sentenced to seven years imprisonment each by a
Federal High Court in Yola.
Bobbo was arrested by officials of the National
Drug Law Enforcement Agency in connection with
unlawful possession of narcotics in 2013 while
Bappa, who has twenty-five children, was arrested
in June 2015.
According to a statement by NDLEA
spokesperson, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, Bobbo was
convicted for possessing 81.9kg of cannabis sativa
while Bappa was found guilty of possessing 61.6kg
Justice Balkisu Aliyu described the involvement of
the former legislator in drug trafficking as
shameful during his sentencing.
Bobbo was a member of the House of Assembly
in Adamawa State representing Leko-Koma
Constituency between 1991 and 1993.
He was also a member of the national
constitutional conference in 1995. Apart from the
dried weeds of cannabis found on him; fresh
plants of cannabis were also harvested from his
Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Ahmadu
Giade, in his reaction, described the action of the
former lawmaker as distasteful adding that the
conviction would serve as deterrent to others.
Giade said, “There are no sacred cows in the war
against drug trafficking. Anyone involved in
criminal acts must be prepared for the day of
judgement. This arrest and conviction further
validate the fact that the law is supreme.
“NDLEA will continue to work towards a society
that is free from drug trafficking and abuse. Both
cases are significant because Bobbo is a former
legislator and the second convict is a notorious
drug trafficker that deals in psychotropic
substances in the state.”
The Adamawa State Commander of the NDLEA,
Mr. Yakubu Kibo, said the arrest of the two
convicts was a welcome development as their
activities were negatively affecting the lifestyle of
most youths in the state.
“The command is working very hard to reduce
cases of substance abuse especially among young
people. I am happy with the conviction because
of the consequences of their illegal drug activities.
In addition to arrest and prosecution of drug
dealers, the command conducts anti-drug abuse
education in schools, motor parks and other
places to sensitise people on the consequences of
drug production, trafficking and abuse.” Yakubu
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