Delhi: Nigerian sentenced for drug peddling

New Delhi: A Nigerian, caught with 5kg of heroin and convicted for drug peddling, has been sentenced by a Delhi court to a jail term already served by him as an undertrial prisoner for five years and three months.

"Keeping in view the totality of facts and circumstances of the case, I sentence the convict to the period of imprisonment already undergone by him and also to pay a fine of Rs 50,000," Special Judge M K Nagpal said while sentencing Sylva Osisioma.

The Nigerian was caught with the contraband near his rented accommodation at Bhai Parmanand Colony in North West Delhi in March 2006.

The court, however, did not order the Nigerian's release and asked the jail authorities to detain him at the Foreigner Regional Registration Offices (FRRO) detention centre till expiry of the period of appeal against the judgement.

Osisioma was arrested by a team of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) sleuths and booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

During the search of his rented flat, one forged Nigerian passport in the name of one Okonkwo Uche Danial was recovered from him, for which a separate case was registered against him.