NDLEA arraigns official, man for trafficking 2.692 kg cocaine
THE Lagos State Command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) yesterday arraigned one of its official, Mr. Adeogun Ogunyemi Olajide, and one Adams Isaac Michael popularly known as Chidi, before a Federal High Court, Lagos on a four-count charge bordering on importation of cocaine into the country.
The two accused, according to NDLEA, in charge number FHC/L/174c/15, had conspired among themselves to import 2.692 kilograms of the banned substance into the country between the month of January and March 2015.
The offences according to the NDLEA prosecutor, Mr. Augustine Nwaga, are punishable under sections 14(b) and 11(a) of the National Drug Laws Enforcement Agency Act Cap N 30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria. Count one of the charge reads:
“That you, Adams Isaac Michael a.k.a Chidi, and Adeogun Ogunyemi Olajide, between the months of January and March 2015, at Lagos within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired with one another to import 2.092 kilograms of cocaine into Nigeria and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 14(b) of the National Drug Laws Enforcement Agency Act Cap. N 30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.”
Count four reads: “That you Adams Isaac Michael a.k.a Chidi, and Adeogun Ogunyemi Olajide, on or before March 8, 2015, at the International Mail Processing Centre, NACHO, International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, without lawful authority imported 600 grams of cocaine, and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 11(a) of the National Drug Laws Enforcement Agency Act Cap. N 30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.” The two accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Upon the plea of the accused, the prosecutor, Mr. Nwagu applied for adjournment and urged the court to allow the agency to remand them in the agency’s remand facility pending the time investigation shall be concluded on the matter.
However, counsel to the accused, Chief Benson Ndakara urged the court to admit his client on bail. He said the accused persons have been arrested since March.
But the trial judge, Justice Saliu Saidu, while ruling on both applications, ordered that the accused be remanded in NDLEA facility for seven days and adjourned matter till May 14. The judge however, said if the NDLEA failed in concluding its investigation, the bail applications of the accused would be heard.