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EFCC Inspector arraigned in court by NDLEA for conspiracy, drug dealings

The National Drugs Law and Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, yesterday, arraigned an Inspector of Police, Bola Adigun, attached to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, before a Federal High Court in Lagos, for conspiracy, drug dealings and wilful obstruction of security agents from carrying out their official duty.

NDLEA in the charge sheet alleged that the Police Inspector and one Voke David, now at large, of Jakande Estate, Amuwo Odofin, Mile 2, Lagos, had on May 25, about 1a.m., along Badagry-Lagos Expressway, at Agemowo Junction, conspired among themselves to transport 49 large bags containing compressed vegetable substance suspected to be Cannabis Sativa, popularly called Marijuana, weighing 2.338 kilogrammes, in a Volkswagen LT bus marked FKJ 937 XS.

The police officer was also alleged to have unlawfully been in possession of the said banned weed. NDLEA also alleged that the accused, while armed with a Jericho Pistol numbered BDA 380425pm 56369, calibre 9.85 CAT 1661 loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition, wilfully obstructed the official of NDLEA from exercising the powers conferred on them by the NDLEA Act.

The offences, according to the NDLEA prosecutor, Mr. Aliyu Abubakar, are contrary to and punishable under Sections 14(c), 19 and 49(B) of National Drugs Laws Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to all the counts of the charge. Following the plea of the accused, the trial judge, Justice Cecilia Mojisola Olatoregun, admitted him to the bail of N10 million with three sureties.

The said sureties must be landed property owners with evidence of three years tax payment, and have their addresses and means of livelihood verified.

The judge ordered the accused remanded in prison’s custody pending the perfection of bail conditions and adjourned the matter till June 27, for commencement of trial.

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