By Gbenga Ogunbufunmi
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), today, arraigned a man Abdulmutiu Adeleke Adewale, before a Federal High Court, Lagos, over alleged importation of 12.9 kilogrammes of Heroin.
Adewale, a resident of number 42, Havillah Estate, Matogun, Oke-Aro, Ogun State, was arraigned before Justice Saliu Saidu on a three count-charge of conspiracy and unlawful dealing in the said drug by the NDLEA.
The defendant was alleged to have conspired with one Jamiu, to import 12.9 kilograms of Heroin, into the country sometimes in the month of January 2019.
He was also alleged to have on March 19, 2019, procure one Bamgbade Olukayode, to deliver, dispatch and dispatch in transit of the said drug.
The prosecutor, Mr. Ibrahim Abu, told the court that the offences committed are contrary to sections 14(b), 20(1) and 21(2)(d) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. And punishable under Sections 20(2)(a) of the same Act.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Following the defendant’s plea, NDLEA’s counsel, Ibrahim, asked the court for a trial date, while he urged the court to remand the defendant in prison custody, pending the conclusion of the matter.
Responding, the defendant’s lawyer, Chief Benson Ndakara, while informing the court that he was not opposed to the prosecutor’s request for a trial date, however, urged the court to refuse the remand application made by the prosecutor on the ground that he has filed defendant’s bail application and same has been served on the prosecutor.
The prosecutor admitted being served with the application and that he had filed a 41 paragraphs counter-affidavit to the application. Consequently, the presiding judge ordered the parties to move their applications.
Upon listened to the submissions of the parties, Justice Saidu admitted bail to the defendant in the sum of N10 million with two sureties in the same sum.
The judge also ordered that one of the sureties must be a blood-relation with landed property within the court’s jurisdiction. While the other surety must be Grade Level 15 officer either in the federal or Lagos government establishment.
The sureties according to the Judge, must sworn to affidavit of means and deposit two recent passport photographs with the court.
The judge ordered the the bail verification must be done by the prosecutor and the Court’s Registrars.
The judge while adjourning the matter till June 10, for trial, ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of bail terms.