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18-yr-old Pakistani remanded for trafficking in heroin

By Ifeanyi OKOLIE, with agency reports

LAGOS — A Federal High Court in Lagos, yesterday, remanded a Pakistani, Iftikhar Arslan, 18, in prison custody for allegedly trafficking 25.4 kilogrammes of heroin.

Arslan, arraigned by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), is standing trial on a one-count charge of unlawful possession of narcotic drug.

The prosecutor, Mr Emmanuel Vembe, told the court that the accused was allegedly caught with the drug on April 5 at the Murtala Mouhammed International Airport, Ikeja,Lagos during the inward clearance of Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Lagos.

He said the offence contravened Section 11 (a) of the NDLEA Act, Cap N30, Laws of the Federation, 2004.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor urged the court to remand the accused in prison custody.

Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke, therefore, remanded the accused in Ikoyi Prison and adjourned the case till September 26 for trial.

The accused could get life imprisonment if convicted.

 

Nigerian, 22, also remanded

Also, another Federal High Court in Lagos, yesterday, remanded a 22‑year‑old Nigerian, Muyideen Bello, in prison custody for allegedly trafficking 300 grammes of Indian hemp.

Bello, who was arraigned by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), is standing trial on a count charge, bordering on unlawful possession of narcotic drug.

The prosecutor, Mr Jeremiah Aernan, a lawyer with the NDLEA, told the court that the accused committed the alleged offence on May 19, at Afebe area of Ikorodu, near Lagos.

Aernan alleged that the accused was found in possession of 300 grammes of Indian hemp, a narcotic drug.

He said the alleged offence contravened Section 11 (c) of the NDLEA Act, Cap N30, Laws of the Federation, 2004.

The accused, however, pleaded guilty.

The prosecutor urged the court to remand the accused in prison custody and asked for a short time to review the facts of the case.

Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke, therefore, remanded the accused in prison custody and adjourned the case toill July 4.

 

Man, 67, jailed three and half years

Another Federal High Court also in Lagos same yesterday sentenced a 67‑year‑old man, Ichi Ukegbu to three and half years imprisonment for ingesting 89 wraps of heroin.

Ukegbu, who lives at 109, Hospital Road, Aba, Abia State, attempted to unlawfully export the drug to the US.

He pleaded not guilty on arraignment on June 2, 2011, but later changed his plea.

Justice John Tsoho sentenced Ukegbu without an option of fine.

“Based on the plea of the accused and the evidence before the court, the accused is convicted as charged and sentenced to three and half years imprisonment which will take effect from the date of arrest,” Tsoho said.

The judge also ordered that the convict’s international passport should be confiscated by the Federal Government.

Tsoho ordered that the drug should be destroyed after 90 days if the convict did not appeal the judgment.

He added that the convict should forfeit to the Federal Government $8,800 seized from him.

 


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