Siblings in remand for drug trafficking

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BY INNOCENT ANABA
LAGOS — A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, ordered the remand at the Ikoyi prisons, Lagos of two siblings, Innocent Okafor and Uzoamaka Nnamani, charged with drug trafficking.

The accused are being prosecuted by National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, on a three-count charge of conspiracy, unlawful importation and possession of a restricted narcotic.
They pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The prosecution informed the court that the accused committed the offence on December 24, 2013, as they were arrested by officers of the NDLEA at the Nigerian Postal Service in Jos, Plateau State.

The accused were said to have conspired with one Ikechukwu Nnamani who is now at large, to import about 1.8 kilogrammes of cocaine from Trinidad and Tobago, through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja into Nigeria.

The prosecution said the accomplice had also conspired with the accused to conceal the narcotic as a parcel and transferred same to them from Lagos to Jos, through NIPOST.
According to the prosecutor, operatives of the NDLEA, on a tip-off, discovered the content of the parcel and then decided to carry out a “control delivery,” by disguising as officers of NIPOST in Jos.

He said the accused were eventually arrested when they arrived the NIPOST office in Jos to claim the parcel.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 11, 14, and 19 of the NDLEA Act, Cap N30 Laws of the Federation, 2004.

Justice Musa Kurya in a short ruling, fixed May 23 for hearing of the bail application and ordered the accused to be remanded in prison pending the determination of their bail.

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