A Nigerian, Mr Adili Chibuike Ejike, earlier sentenced to death for importing nearly two-kilogramme of methamphetamine, has been set free by Singaporean Supreme Court and released with no outstanding charges.
The Nigeria High Commission in Singapore, in a letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said “a three-member panel that delivered the judgment was led by the Chief Justice of Singapore, Sundaresh Menon”.
The letter was signed by head of Mission in Singapore, High Commissioner Akinremi Bolaji.
The mission said that Ejike’s freedom from death by hanging by the court made history as the first time such a decision was made in a case involving a Nigerian.
Ejike was arrested in November 2011 and has since been behind bars till May 2019 when he was discharged and acquitted.
The letter partly read: “The High Commission affirmed that the prosecution had failed to establish that Ejike knew that the drug bundles in his suitcase were in his possession.
Order words, Mr Ejike was not guilty of willful blindness or deliberately shutting his eyes to the truth if his possession of the drugs.
“The acquittal of Mr Ejike has been termed locally as a miracle of God and I am elated that his freedom from death happened under my watch here as the Head of Mission.
“The trial focused on his knowledge of the substance; while the defence claimed he had no knowledge of the substance, the prosecutor claimed he knew about it.
“However, both the prosecutor and the defence agreed that he was in possession of the drugs, which was sufficient to convict him and affirm the death sentence earlier passed on him by both the lower and appellate courts.”