Nigeria: Suspect 'sold cannabis to feed three wives'

  • 12 November 2013
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A Nigerian fisherman has admitted selling cannabis in order to support his three wives and five children, it's reported.

Yoto Seibokuro, 27, was arrested in the city of Yenagoa last month for dealing in cannabis, Punch Nigeria newspaper reports.

He and six other suspects - three men and three women - were lined up before local media to pose with the drugs allegedly found in their possession, including a 14.4kg haul found at the home of a suspect who said it belonged to an unnamed friend.

Seibokuro is reported as saying he started selling drugs two years ago to augment his income: "My income from fishing was no longer sufficient to take care of my large family."

Two other suspects in the custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency also say they only started selling cannabis when they got into financial difficulty. "I pray God to give me good business to leave this drug business," says civil engineer Simon Obru.

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