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I deal in drugs, 72 year old man tells court

I deal in drugs, septuagenarian tells court

NDLEA arraigns four suspected traffickers

A 72-year-old man, Samuel Akhigbe, yesterday pleaded guilty to unlawfully dealing in a banned narcotic drug.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arraigned him before Justice Saliu Saidu of the Federal High Court in Lagos.

Prosecution counsel Jeremiah Aernan said Akhigbe dealt in 3.3 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa, a narcotic drug similar to cocaine, heroin and LSD, without lawful authority.

He allegedly committed the offence last November 9 at 5, Command Road, Ipaja, thereby violating Section 11 (c) of the NDLEA Act, 2004.

Akigbe, who said he suffers from tuberculosis, pleaded guilty.

“I am guilty,” he pleaded, when the one-count charge was read to him.

Aernan asked for a new date for review of facts of the case and sentencing.

Justice Saidu adjourned till March 12.

NDLEA also arraigned three men and a woman – Okwuma Michael, Juliet Gabriel, Kelechukwu Eletamuzor and James Nwajagu – for allegedly attempting to import and export banned narcotic drugs.

Prosecution counsel Fingere Dinneys said Michael was arrested last October 27 during inward clearance of South African Airways flight from Brazil at the ‘E’ Arrival Hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Ikeja, Lagos.

He allegedly imported 3.4 kilogrammes of cocaine without lawful authority. Michael pleaded not guilty.

NDLEA said Gabriel was arrested on November 15 during inward clearance of Emirates Airline from Dubai at the ‘E’ Hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport. She pleaded not guilty to importing 2.9 kilogrammes of cocaine.

Eletamuzor was arrested last November 7 at Sahcol Warehouse, a Customs area at the same airport.

The prosecutor, Ichakpa Oigoga, said he unlawfully exported one kilogramme of Ephedrine. The defendant pleaded not guilty.

Nwajagu was nabbed last October 13 during inward clearance of Emirates Airline from Dubai at the ‘E’ Hall of the MMIA.

He pleaded not guilty to unlawful importation of 3.240 kilogrammes of cocaine from Dubai.

The offences attract a maximum penalty of life sentence.

Justice Saidu granted the four bail in the following sums: Michael, N15 million; Gabriel, N12 million; Eletamuzor, N10 million; and Nwajagu, N15 million, with two sureties each.

One of the sureties must be their relative with a landed property in Lagos, the other a public servant not below Grade Level 15.

Justice Saidu said the prosecution and the registrar must be satisfied with the sureties, who, along with the defendants, must deposit their international passports with the court.

He adjourned till March 7, 8 and 12 for trial.