Indian Court Declares a Nigerian Godwin Ulo Awa Acquitted 5 years After Being Arrested for Possession of 30g of Cocaine
The Chandigarh District Court acquitted a Nigerian, who was booked under the NDPS Act. The court of additional district and sessions judge Ajit Atri acquitted the accused.
The matter dates back to December 2012 when the Nigerian national was arrested by Chandigarh police. The accused has been identified as Godwin Ulo Awa, who was arrested with 30g of cocaine from near the railway station. Godwin was nabbed while on his way to the railway station to hand over cocaine, worth Rs 85 lakh, to an unknown person traveling in the train heading to New Delhi or Kalka.
Police staff deployed at the barricade saw a Nigerian man reversing his car after seeing police and thrown out a pouch after seeing police. India Police nabbed Godwin and seized two sealed samples of 5g cocaine each in one packet and 20g cocaine in another. The cops suspected that Godwin had been in the business for more than five years even though the Nigerian claimed that he was caught with the drugs for the first time.
It was stated that Godwin had been staying in Sector 69, SAS Nagar, for more than seven years and had business visa permit to stay in India till 2015. He had been putting up in SAS Nagar with his wife and a son.However, the defence counsel opposing the prosecution story stated that Godwin was falsely implicated in the case. It was argued that police had framed him and imposed Section 21 of NDPS Act on him.
It was argued that an inspector along with three police constables went to his home in Mohali and searched his house for narcotics, following which nothing was found. The counsel alleged that police had seized Rs 80,000 cash that they found in Godwin’s house.
According to further allegations, cops also picked the accused’s car and passport, and later demanded money for letting go of the accused without any charges. A case was however filed, he said.
As the prosecution failed to prove the case, the accused was acquitted.