42-year-old Nigerian Prophet, Isaac Amata, who was arraigned in court over two count charges of drug trafficking and importation of ephedrine, a prohibited drug, following his arrest on January 25 after he arrived the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka, has been acquitted by a Zambian court.
The Nigerian prophet who was accused of allegedly trafficking 26.29kg of ephedrine, was freed by the court following the failure of the state prosecutors to prove the charge.
Isaac Amata became known and popular in Zambia after rightly prophesying the ascendancy of Edgar Lungu to the presidency of the republic of Zambia.
He continued praising current of regime of President Lungu after 2016 general elections, adding that Zambia would flourish economically which would eventually be turned into Dubai of Africa, but got arrested in January 2018.
Spokesperson of the country’s Drug Enforcement Commission, Theres, Katonga told News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, that he was arrested by the anti-drug officers upon arrival at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka, the country’s capital.
She said the Nigerian pastor “was arrested upon arrival at the airport from Nigeria aboard a South African Airways plane.”
She added that, “The suspect is currently in police custody and will appear in court soon.”
Few months ago, two Nigerians were also acquitted and discharged by a High Court in Borneo after being charged with drug trafficking. Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah ordered Arinze Alex Ugenyi, 29, and Ifeanyi Kingsley Chukwuka, 28, to be released after finding that the prosecution had failed to establish a prima facie case at the end of the prosecution case.
The two men were charged with trafficking in 678.2gm of Methamphetamine at a hotel in Jalan Kebun Teh here at about 7.15am on Dec 2, 2013. The charge, under Section 39B (1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act, provides the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
In the judgment, Sequerah said the court found that the two accused could not be linked to the drug.