Gloria Ogbu

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has convicted and sentenced a former professional footballer, Okafor Emmanuel to five years imprisonment for drug trafficking.

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) had arraigned the convict before the court after he was arrested with 1.40kg crack cocaine concealed in his bags.

Recall that he was arrested with the banned substance on his arrival from Brazil on September 26 at the arrival hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

He pleaded guilty to the charges leveled against him by NDLEA and was subsequently sentenced to five years imprisonment by Justice Nicholas Oweibo.

The judge, however, gave the convict option of N1million fine in lieu of the jail terms.