Story By Gbenga Ogunbufunmi
A Qatar based-Nigerian, Perrah Livinus, (a.k.a Nnakaihe Ikechukwu Livinus ), was today, arraigned by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). before the Federal High Court, Lagos for allegedly importing 600 grams of heroin.
Arraigning the defendant on one count charge of Unlawful importation of the said drug, the prosecutor Juliana Imaobong-Iraobuchi, told the court that the 42 years old defendant committed the offence on May 25, 2021.
In smuggle the drug, the prosecutor told the court that the defendant concealed the drug in some designer buttons of some female clothes.
The prosecutor also told the court that defendant in his bid to commit the illegal act, illegally acquired Ghanaian International passport, with the name Pepprah Livinus .
The prosecutor also told the court that the offence committed by the defendant is contrary to and punishable under section 11 (a) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act, Cap N, 30 Laws of the Federation cf Nigeria 2004.
The defendant however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Following his not guilty plea, the prosecutor asked the court for a trial date and also urged the court to remand the defendant in prison custody till the determination of the charge against him.
However, the defendant’s lawyer, Chief Lilian Omotunde, while not opposing the trial date as requested by the prosecutor, told the court that she has filed her client’s bail application and that same has been served on the prosecution.
Upon taken arguments on the ball application from both parties, Justice Lewis Allagoa, ordered that the defendant be remanded in the NDLEA’s custody till Friday, when ruling will be delivered on the application.
\The Charge Against the defendant reads, “that you Perrah Livinus (A.K.A Nnakaihe Ikechukwu Livinus), Male. Adult, 42 years old a citizen of Nigeria, but illegally acquired a Ghanaian Passport which you travelled with and one Samson your friend, Male, Adult who lives in Qatar (now at large) on or about the 25th day of May, 2021 during the inward clearance of passengers on Qatar Airways from Doha, Qatar at the ‘E’ Arrival Hall of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court, concealed in some designer buttons of some female clothes 600 grams of Heroin.
Count two read that you Perrah Livinus (A.K.A Nnakaihe Ikechukwu Livinus), Male. Adult, 42 years old citizen of Nigeria without lawful authority imported 600 grams of Heroin into the country, thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 11 (a) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N, 30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004”.