A Sydney resident defending drug trafficking and importing charges claims that he is a Tribal Chief from Nigeria and that his arrest was as a result of an undercover operation – conducted with police – to help eliminate drug dealing and use in his community.
The Defendant, Maximus Osuamadi, stated “I am Chief Maximus Onus Osuamadi” during his bail application last week, which was supported by his criminal defence lawyer, Mark Rumore.
Mr. Osuamadi was one of eight Nigerian citizens that were arrested in both Sydney and Adelaide, as a result of raids conducted by police over cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine importations.
It is claimed that Mr.Osuamadi was a member of an African drug syndicate and that they discovered him attempting to traffic half-a-kilogram of methamphetamine with the help of an undercover operative.
The South-Western Sydney resident however, said that he was “helping to stop drugs coming into the Commonwealth of Australia” believing it was his “duty as a leader in the Nigerian community” when he addressed Justice Stephen Campbell.
Mr. Osuamadi claims to have been approached by a Nigerian man named “Ozone” who explained to him that he was recently released from prison in order to help Police infiltrate and disperse a drug syndicate. Continuing, Mr. Osuamadi stated “He cried and asked me to help him…I agreed.”
The defendant claims that he and his colleague “Ozone” were promised $25 thousand each as compensation for their assistance in the operation.
He then said that he had assisted in arranging a drug meeting at the Royal Botanic Gardens at daylight.
Police arrested him after he had received his $25,000 compensation, he claims. When arrested, he did not mention his involvement in the operation as “Ozone” had threatened to kill him. “I was in fear for my life,” he claimed.
His lawyer, Mark Rumore, said when addressing the court that his client was involved in an “unusual case”, however, his client’s recount of the events that lead to this entitled him to have his bail application accepted. Justice Stephen Campbell though, explained that he couldn’t “resolve the dispute of fact” between the defendant and the police and refused Mr.Osuamadi’s bail application.