A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday ordered the remand of a Customs Officer, Ugwoke Emmanuel, who was arrested by the National Drugs Laws Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for dealing in narcotic.
The court ordered he be remanded till September 28, when his bail application will be decided.
The judge, Hadizat Rabiu-Shagari, ordered the remand of the Customs officer after he was arraigned on two counts charge of unlawful dealing and transporting of 394 kilograms of the banned Cannabis Sativa popularly called Marijuana.
The accused, a resident of 25, Bale-Oko in Badagry Local Government Area, Lagos, was alleged by the NDLEA to have on May 14 at Gbaji Customs check point, along Seme-Badagry road, knowingly possessed and transported the said prohibited item in a vehicle belonging to Nigeria Customs Services.
The accused, who is currently serving at the Seme Border Post of Nigeria Customs Services (NCS), was said to have conveyed the substance in a Toyota Hilux vehicle marked CSO 59 A1, belonging to the Services.
The offences according to the prosecutor, Aliyu Abubakar, are contrary to sections 19 and 20(1)(a) and punishable under section 20(2) of the National Drugs Laws Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30, law of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.
Following his plea, the prosecutor, Mr. Abubakar, urged the court for a trial date, while he also prayed the court to remand the accused in custody pending trial.
But Mr. Emmanuel’s Lawyers, Benson Ndakara and Viviane Ekwegh, pleaded with the court to admit bail to their client in liberal term.
The presiding judge, Ms. Rabiu-Shagari, adjourned the matter till September 28, and ordered that the accused be remanded in custody.
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