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Nigeria records highest number of drug-related convictions worldwide (2) : Four Nigerians executed in Indonesia


In April 2015, four Nigerians were executed by firing squad on the Nusakambangan Island in Indonesia over drug trafficking offence.

The Nigerians are Martin Anderson, 50, who was caught with 1.8 ounces of heroin; Okwudili Oyetanze, 41, caught with 5.5 pounds of heroin; Jamiu Abashin, 50, caught trying to smuggle 12 pounds of heroin; and Silvester Nwolise, 47, father of two who was caught with 2.6 pounds of heroin.

MORGAN CHINEMEREM, Drug kingpin nabbed in Thailand

29-year-old Onyejiekwe Morgan Chinemerem was in April 2015 arrested by the Thailand Metropolitan Police in his rented room in Bangkok for allegedly being the mastermind a crystal methamphetamine and cocaine sales ring, according to a Thailand News report.

He was arrested in a sting operation with 31.47 grammes of crystal methamphetamine, known on the streets as “ice” and 889.63 grammes of cocaine.

According to Colonel Suthep Chanasit, an inspector of the Metropolitan Police Division 4, the Nigerian was arrested at the stairway between the 8th and 9th floors of HR Residence in the Bang Kapi District while trying to flee.

LUKE UGWU, sentenced to death by hanging in Malaysia

A 29-year-old Nigerian student at a private college in Malaysia, Luke Nnaemeka Ugwu, has been sentenced to death by hanging by a Malaysian High Court for drug trafficking.

Ugwu, found guilty of trafficking 725.4gm of methamphetamine, was sentenced by Justice Datuk Abdul Alim Abdullah of the High Court Shah Alam, who found his defence to be mere denial. Ugwu committed the offence at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport arrival hall in Sepang on May 15, 2012, Malaysian National News Agency reports.​

MARY UNAZI, Sentenced to death in Malyasia

Mary George Unazi, a 30 year old female student from Nigeria has been sentenced to death by a Malaysian High Court after she was found guilty of trafficking 765.9gm of methamphetamine (also known as crystal meth) at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in 2011.

Presiding Judge, Datuk Ghazali Cha made the decision after finding that the prosecution had managed to prove its case against the 30-year-old beyond every reasonable doubt.

In his judgment, Ghazali said the accused’s defence, on the other hand, was merely a bare denial, adding that the private college student had also failed to prove that the bag containing the drug was not hers.

Unazi was found to have committed the offence at the baggage claim area at the international arrival hall of KLIA on May 10, 2011. She was charged under Section 39B (1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries a mandatory death penalty upon conviction.


In September 2010, Nigerian Chime Chidike Ben, 34, the ringleader of a drug smuggling gang, was jailed for life by a court in Hanoi (Vietnam’s capital) for trafficking more than 1 kilogramme of heroin from India to Vietnam and then on to China.

In March 2011, the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court sentenced Michael Ikenna Nduanya, a 34-year-old Nigerian, to death, and his wife, Nguyen Thi Hai Anh, a 27-year-old Vietnamese from Dak La Province, to life imprisonment after the couple were caught red-handed illegally transporting about 1 kilogram of heroin.

In April, 2011, 33-year-old Nnaji David Ete, also from Nigeria, was handed a death sentence by a Ho Chi Minh City court for smuggling more than 11 kilograms of heroin.

In October, 2011, a court in HCMC handed down a life sentence to Chukwuma Obi Remy, a Nigerian, and a death sentence to his local accomplice, Doan Nguyen Minh Chau, for trafficking 11.5 kilograms of heroin.

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