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    Nigerian druglord gets 20 yrs in S. Africa

    (Thursday, March 18, 2004)

    By Jude Smith, Masterweb Correspondent

    - Ndudim Agoha will effectively spend 16 years behind bars

    Ndudim Agoha The Special Drug Court in Durban, South Africa sentenced one of the most wanted druglords, Ndudim Agoha to 20 years imprisonment. Ndudim Agoha is a native of Nigeria and had been living in South Africa for eight years. Agoha will spend 16 years behind bars because four years of his sentence was suspended. The business magnate was arrested in May last year after police found cocaine and ecstasy at his home. The druglord was convicted of dealing in cocaine and ecstasy with a street value of a R100 000. He reportedly has assets in the plush Sunningdale suburb of Durban, and described flashy and a lavish spender. Equipments and quantity of drugs found in his home, convinced the court that he was higher up in the city's underground drug syndicates hierarchy. Durban is a city plagued by drugs and rising crime. "He was caught dealing in over R100 000 cocaine and ecstasy and therefore his involvement in manufacture and distribution is obviously of much larger scale than your average drug dealer", Mark Dyson, the senior public prosecutor, said. Defence argued in court that the lavish spending Nigerian was a legitimate businessman who travelled to Nigeria and the US regularly. Magistrate Mervin Maistry said he viewed drug dealing as serious as murder, his reason for the stiff sentence. He said Agoha would have received lesser sentence had he assisted the police in identifying other people involved in the drug network.

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