SINGAPORE: NIGERIAN SPARED DEATH SENTENCE AFTER COURT OF APPEAL ACQUITS HIM OF IMPORTING DRUGS
June 4, 2019:
A Nigerian man facing the gallows for importing drugs into Singapore eight years ago was spared death on 27 May 2019 after the Court of Appeal acquitted him of his capital charge. (Sources: channelnewsasia.com, 27/06/2019)
Three judges found that the prosecution had failed to establish that Adili Chibuike Ejike knew that there were drugs in his suitcase when he entered Singapore on 13 November 2011. Adili was 28 when he was caught with two packets wrapped in tape in his suitcase at Changi Airport Terminal 3. He had arrived in Singapore from Lagos, Nigeria via Doha, Qatar.
The two packets were identified after his suitcase was placed through an X-ray machine.
The contents of the packets were found to be methamphetamine, also known as Ice. Adili was arrested and in June 2016 convicted of importing 1.961kg of meth under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
He was sentenced to death about a year later by trial judge Kan Ting Chiu, but appealed against his conviction and sentence.