NDLEA Arraigns 2 Cousins for Illegal Dealing in Hard Drugs

           The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) today, arraigned one Jude Edward Okeke and Ifeanyi Damian Okeke for unlawful possession of 41.8 kilograms of hard drugs.

                 The Okekes, who were cousins, were arraigned before Justice Saliu Saidu led-court, for unlawful possession of 24.9 kilograms of Methamphetamine, a Psychotropic Substance under International Control and 16.9 kilograms of Ephedrine, a precursor Chemical and a prohibited substance.

           The two defendants were alleged to have on or about September 6, 2019, at their residence, 45 Vincent Ogumba Street, Startime Estate, Off Ago Palace Way, Okota, Lagos, without lawful authority knowingly possessed 24.9 kilograms of Methamphetamine, a Psychotropic Substance under International Control.

            They were also alleged to have on the same date and place, without lawful authority knowingly possessed 16.9 kilograms of Ephedrine, a precursor Chemical and a prohibited substance listed In the Second Schedule of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap. N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 19 of the said Act.

             Arraigning of the accused persons, today, the NDLEA prosecutor, Mr. Abu Ibrahim, told the court that he has two count charge before the court and plead that the charge be read to the defendants.

          Following his application, the charge was read to the defendants and they both pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Upon their not-guilty plea, the prosecutor Mr. Ibrahim, urged the court to remand the accused in prison custody and for a date for the commencement of trial.

          However, the defence counsel Mr. E. U. Nnolu told the trial judge that he has a bail application which has been served on the prosecution and prayed the court that he be allowed to move the application.

                While arguing the bail application Nnolu urged them court to grant his client bail in liberal terms, adding that the  first defendant, Jude Edward Okeke is not in good health condition.

                Ruling on the bail application Justice Saidiu granted bail to the two defendants in the sum of N10 million with two sureties in like sum each.

              Additionally, Justice Saidu ordered that in each case, one of the sureties must be a property owner within Lagos State while the order should be a civil servant not below level grade level 14 in the service of the Federal Government or the Lagos State Government.

          The judge also ordered that the bail terms must be satisfied by the prosecutor and the court’s registrars, while also ordered that the defendants be remanded in prison custody till the perfection of the bail terms.
          The matter has been adjourned till November 4, for the commencement of defendants’ trial.

     Charge against the defendants reads

 
 
 
              Count One: That you Jude Edward Okeke and Ifeanyi Damian Okeke Male, Adult on or about the 6th of September, 2019 at No. 45 Vincent Ogumba Sheet, Startime Estate, Off Ago Palace Way, Okota Lagos without lawful authority knowingly possessed 24.9 kilograms of Methamphetamine, a Psychotropic Substance under International Control and you are thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 19 of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Ad Cap. N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.


Count two
; “that you Jude Edward Okeke and Ifeanyi Damian Okeke, Male, Adult on or about the 6th of September, 2019 at No. 45 Vincent Ogumba Street, Startime Estate, Off Ago Palace Way, Okota Lagos, without lawful authority knowingly possessed 16.9 kilograms of Ephedrine, a precursor Chemical and a prohibited substance listed In the Second Schedule of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap. N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 19 of the said Act”.

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