Court Refuses To Grant Bail To Ghanaian Drug Trafficker

* Pix source: The Nigerian Voice

 

Justice AbdulAziz Anka of a Federal High Court, Lagos, on Friday, ordered the a Ghana citizen, Adeboe Nana Shelter, be remanded in Prison’s custody, pending the conclusion of his trial over alleged importation of 3, 525 kilogrammes of Cannabis Sativa popularly called Marijuana.

Justice Anka made the remand order of the accused while upholding the objection raised by the NDLEA Prosecutor, Mr. Aliyu Abubakar, to his bail application.

Two Nigeria women charged alongside the Ghanaian, for warehousing the said banned weed Falilat Sodiq  and Mary Samuel Ige, were however admitted to bail in the sum of N2 million with two sureties each.

The sureties according to the judge, must show evidence of tax payment, two year house rent receipts in Lagos State of land title documents within the court’s jurisdiction, which are to be verified by the court’s Deputy Chief Registrar (DCR).

In opposing the Ghanaian’s bail application, which was filed and argued by his lawyer, Mr. George Okaka, the NDLEA Prosecutor, Mr. Aliyu told the court that the accused does not reside in Nigeria, neither did he has any family or relation in the country.

He also told the court that the accused may be elusive and never show up to face his trial.

In his ruling, Justice Anka conceded to the submission of the prosecutor, Aliyu and refused the accused bail application and ordered that he be remanded in Prison’s custody pending the conclusion of his trial.

Their trial has been adjourned till October 26.

The Ghanian alongside the two Nigeria women: Falilat and Mary and one Kazeem Alabi Ayinde, said to be at large, were last Thursday arraigned before the Court, by the NDLEA, on a three count charge of importing 3,525 kilogrammes of Marijuana otherwise known as canabis sativa into the country.

The four accused persons were alleged to have committed the offence sometimes in May 2017.

Three of the four accused persons except Kazeem, who were arraigned before the court, pleaded not guilty to the thee count charge.

The offences according to the prosecution are contrary to and punishable under sections 11(a) and 14 (b) of the NDLEA Act Cap 30 laws of the federation of Nigeria 2004.

Count one of the charge against the accused persons read: “that you Adeboe Nana Shelter, male adult, Ghanian, of Hojoe Village, Bohome, Volter Region Ghana and Kazeem Alabi Ayinde, of 87 Bamgbose Street, Lagos on or about the 23rd day of May, 2017, conspire among yourselves to import  3525 kilogrammes of Marijuana also known as cannbis sativa) a narcotics drug similar to cocaine, heroin, LSD from Ghana to Nigeria through Seme Border, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court, by which act you committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 14 (b) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30 laws of the federation of Nigeria 2004.

While the count against the two women read: “you Falilat Sodiq female and Mary Samuel Ige both adult, Nigerian of Ashipa area of Seme, in Badagry on or 23rd day of May 2017, at Ashipa area of Seme border, in Badagry Local Government of Lagos State, aided one Adeboe Nana Shelter to conceal 3,525 kilogrammes of Marijuana in a warehouse you both collectively provided, an offence contrary to and punishable under section 14 (b) of the NDLEA Act Cap 30 laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004”.

In the same vein, a driver, Jibrilia Rahman, and his Conductor, Ysusf Isah, who were hired by the Ghanaian to conveyed 78 kilogrammes of the banned weeds, were on Friday, arraigned before the court on one count charge of unlawful transportation of the substance.

The offence according to the prosecutor, Aliyu Abubakar, are contrary to and punishable under section 11(b) of the NDLEA Act Cap N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The prosecutor while given  facts of the case said the banned weed were packed with baby diapers.

He said the two convicts were arrested in May 22, 2017, at Gbaji-Seme, while attempting to transport the weed in Volkswagen bus marked EPE 237.

Upon the submission of the prosecutor, Justice Anka pronounced them guilty as charged. He then asked the convicts’ allocator.

In their plea for mercy, both the driver and the conductor told the court that even though, they had acted contrary to law, they told the court that they knew nothing about the offence and banned weed.

They told the court that they were at their pack when someone hired them to carry the banned weed which were packed in two big bags,adding that they did not know the real owner of the ‘luggage’.

However, despite the guilty pleas, the presiding judge, Justice AbdulAziz Anka, declined to sentence them.

The judge liken the convicts’ case to the arrest of a pilot whom a banned drug was found in his plane.

The judge demanded from the prosecution what link did the convicts have with the banned weeds?

Not satisfied with the explanations given by the prosecution, the judge said that with the explanations given by the convicts, it shows that they have no link with the drug and they have a good defence.

Consequently, Justice Anka admited them to bail in the sum of N500, 000, with one surety each. While adjourned their trial till October 26.

 

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