Friday, August 21, 2015 6:08 am
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arraigned a middle-aged man at the Federal High Court, Lagos, over alleged attempt to export 1.050 kilogrammes of Methamphetamine.
Emmanuel Nzubeka whose address was not stated, was charged with one-count of exporting narcotic substance.
He pleaded not guilty.
The Prosecutor, Mr Augustine Nwagu, said that the accused was caught with the narcotic substance on June 4, at the SAHCOL Export Shade of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.
He said the substance was found inside Nzubeka’s luggage, adding that Methamphetamine was a drug similar to cocaine and heroin.
Nwagu said that the alleged offence of the accused contravened Section 11 (b) of the NDLEA Act Cap N30, Laws of Federation 2004.
“Due to the plea of innocence by the accused, I urge this court to remand him in prison custody pending trial,’’ the prosecutor said.
Nwagu also said that the court should refuse to hear any bail application because of the gravity of the offence.
But Counsel to the accused, Mr Oreofe Ogunleye, said that the offence was the kind that an accused can be granted bail.
“I ask this court to neglect the prayer of the prosecutor and instead grant bail on liberal terms to my client,’’ he said.
The Judge, Justice Mohammed Yunusa, said that the accused should be remanded in prison and adjourned the case to Sept. 3 for ruling on bail application.