A 36-year old farmer, Christian Obumuneme, charged with illegally dealing in narcotic drug, by National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), was on Friday arraigned at a Federal High Court, Lagos.
The accused, who hails from Aguata Local Government Area in Anambra, was alleged to have been caught with substance suspected to be cocaine at a motor park in Lagos.
The prosecuting NDLEA officer, Mr Orji Kalu, told the court that the accused was arrested for possessing 15.5 grammes of cocaine without lawful authority.
Kalu said that the accused committed the alleged offence on July 7, at Ezenwata Transport Company Park, Iddo Motor Park, Ebute-Meta, Lagos.
According to him, the offence contravenes Section 11 (c) of the NDLEA Act, Cap N30 Laws of the Federation 2004.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The prosecutor urged the court to remand the accused to prison custody and opposed his bail application with a seven-paragraph affidavit.
He, however, urged the court to fix date for commencement of trial.
Counsel to the accused, Mr Benson Ndakara, had urged the court to admit the accused to bail on liberal terms.
He supported his bail application with an 11 paragraph-Affidavit and a written address.
In his ruling, Justice Mohammed Yunusa, remanded the accused to prison custody and adjourned the case to August 20, for ruling on the bail application.
NAN reports that Section 11 (c) of the NDLEA Act provides that anyone who committed such offence should be sentenced to life imprisonment, if convicted. …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper