By Gbenga Ogunbufunmi
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, today, ordered that a Ghanaian, Gyan Paul, who concealed a banned drug, Methamphetamine in tomato tins, for exportation, be remanded in prisons custody, pending the determination of the criminal charge filed against him by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Justice Maureen Onyetenu, who presided over the court gave the remand order, after the defendant pleaded not guilty to the three count-charge bordering on unlawful possession of the said drug, illegal exportation and conspiracy to dealt in hard drug.
The 36 years old Ghanian, according to the NDLEA lawyer, Mrs. Juliana Iroabuchi was arrested on February 25, 2018, during an outward clearance of Ethiopia Airlines passengers at the departure hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.
The prosecutor told the court that the defendant concealed 2.02 kilogrammes of Methamphetamine in the tomatoes tins which were packed in a bag popular bag called ‘Ghana Must Go’.
Iroabuchi informed the court that during interrogation, the defendant confessed to have come down to Nigeria with a Nigerian named John, who also resides in Ghana and conspired with another Nigeria named Moses who procured the drug for him for onward shipments to Indonesia.
The prosecutor said the offence committed by the defendant are contrary to and punishable under sections 11(d), 11(b) and 14(b) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act. Cap. N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
Following the defendant plea of not guilty, the prosecutor urged the court to remand him in prison custody pending the determination of the charge.
In urging the court to remand the defendant, Iroabuchi told the court that if the defendant is granted bail it will be impossible for her agency to track him because of his nationality.
The defendant’s lawyer, Ige Asemudara, did not oppose the prosecutor’s remand application. He however, urged the court for accelerated hearing of the charge.
Consequently, Justice Onyetenu, while adjourned the matter till May 13 and 14, for trial, ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody pending the determination of the charge.