NDLEA arraigns 2 men for importing cocaine

Two men, Gabriel Obi and Ugwu Geofrey, have been arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly importing 110 kilogrammes of cocaine.

The accused were arraigned by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on two counts bordering on drug trafficking.

According to the prosecutor, Mrs. Ahaji Obiageri, the suspects conspired with one Chimezie Akunna, who is now at large, to commit the offence.

The accused were said to have been apprehended by the NDLEA men in January 2011 at the Tin-Can Port, Lagos.

They were said to have packaged the illegal substance inside a container and brought it into Nigeria from Bolivia.

The charge read in part, “That you, Gabriel Obi, Ugwu Geofrey and Akunna Chimezie, on or about January, 13, 2011, at the Tin-Can Port, Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, without lawful authority, imported 110 kg of cocaine from Bolivia, South America, using a container ─ MSCU 3668026 ─ thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 11(a) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30, Law of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.”

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The court adjourned the trial till June 24, 2015.

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