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NDLEA arraigns man, 31, for drug trafficking in Lagos


jail2A 31-year-old medicine hawker, Monday Okorie, who allegedly dealt in different types of psychotropic drugs unlawfully, was on Monday arraigned in Lagos.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) docked Okorie, who resides at No. 63, Oniwana Road, Agege, Lagos, at a Federal High Court, Lagos, on a three-count charge bordering on drug peddling.

The Prosecutor, Mr Jeremiah Aernan, a lawyer with the NDLEA, told the court that the accused committed the offences on April 19 at his apartment.

He said the accused unlawfully had in his possession 60 kg of Tramadol, 2.4 kg of Diazepam and 800 grammes of Rohypnol, psychotropic drugs similar to cocaine and heroin.

According to him, the accused sold the harmful drugs to unsuspecting members of the public.

The offences, Aernan noted, contravened Section 11 (c) of the NDLEA Act, Laws of the Federation.

The prosecutor urged the court to remand the accused in prison custody pending trial.

The accused pleaded not guilty and his counsel, Mr G. U. Okaka, urged the court to grant him bail.

He said he had filed a bail application supported with a 14-paragraph affidavit.

However, the prosecutor also filed a counter-affidavit, urging the court to reject the bail.

Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke adjourned the case to May 20 for ruling on the bail application.

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