Monday, July 18, 2016

56-year-old man arraigned for allegedly peddling 1.47kg of cocaine

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Monday charged a 56 –year-old man, Emeka Ezeanya, before a Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly peddling illicit drug.
The accused is standing trial on a charge bordering on drug trafficking.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Following an application for remand as prayed by the prosecution, Mr Austin Nwagu, the trial Judge, Justice Babs Kuewumi ordered the accused to be remanded in prison custody.




He then fixed Sept. 29 for substantive trial.

In the charge, the prosecution alleged that the accused committed the offence on May 9.

He said that Ezeanya was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, with about 1.47 Kilogramme of cocaine.

According to the prosecutor, the accused was apprehended when his flight which was heading to Dubai from Brazil, made an emergency landing at the Murtala Muhammad Airport in Lagos.


He said that during the routine search, the narcotic was found in the luggage of the accused concealed in a neat wrap.

The prosecutor said that the accused was subsequently arrested and handed over to the NDLEA for prosecution.

The offence contravened Sections 11 (a) of the NDLEA Act, Cap N30 Laws of the Federation, 2004.

The Act provides for a term of life imprisonment for the offence of drug trafficking. (NAN)

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