The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) yesterday arraigned two men in a Federal High Court Lagos, for allegedly trafficking 2,139kg of Cannabis Sativa, also known as marijuana.
NDLEA counsel, Jeremiah Aerna, alleged that the defendants; Alex Adibeli, 43, and Michael Ifeakachu, 46, who are charged with two counts of trafficking, committed the offence on May 3 in Lagos. Aerna alleged that the duo conspired to illegally transport 2,139kg of hemp, which was concealed in a MAN Truck to avoid discovery, noting that the narcotics was discovered by the NDLEA operatives through intelligence gathering.
The offence, he said, contravenes the provisions of sections 11(b) and 14 (b) of the NDLEA Act Cap N 30 Laws of The Federation 2004, but the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges. After the plea of the defendant was taken, Defence counsel, Chief Benson Ndakara, prayed the court to admit his clients to bail in the most liberal terms Delivering a ruling, Justice Saliu Saidu, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N10 million with two sureties in like sums, while ordering that the sureties must be owners of landed property within the court’s jurisdiction and must present relevant title documents for verification.