Customs officer docked for trafficking Indian Hemp

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A cross section of senior Customs officer at a meeting

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday ordered the remand in custody of a Customs officer, Emmanuel Ugwoke, charged with drug trafficking.

Ugwoke, a resident of Badagry in Lagos, is said to have been dismissed from service, and had served at the Seme border post of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

He was arraigned by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on two counts of drug trafficking.

He was alleged to have unlawfully trafficked about 394 kg of Cannabis Sativa a. k. a Hemp.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The prosecution alleged that he committed the offence on May 14, at Gbaji Customs check point along Seme-Badagry Road.

The accused who is said to be a driver of the Customs vehicle, was alleged to have knowingly transported the prohibited ‘weed’ in a Toyota Hilux belonging to the…

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