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Man docked for alleged dealing in Illicit drug

29 May 2013, 11:52

Ado-Ekiti - Ojo Laisi, 37, was on Tuesday docked at an Ado-Ekiti Federal High Court for allegedly being in possession of a substance suspected to be Indian hemp.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Prosecutor, Iliya Waji, told the court that the accused committed the offence on April 23, 2013 at Ojulemonkun Street in Ikosi-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

The charge sheet read:" That you, Ojo Laisi within the jurisdiction of the court without lawful authority dealt in 2.6 kilogrammes of cannabis Sativa a narcotic drugs similar to cocaine, heroin and LCD."

According to Waji, the offence contravenes Section 11(c) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30 Laws of Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The prosecutor prayed the court for an adjournment to enable him prepare the case against the accused properly.

The accused had earlier pleaded not guilt to the one-count charge.

Counsel to the accused Christopher Omokhafe made an oral application for bail in favour of his client.

He promised that a reliable surety would be provided.

The trial Judge, Justice Adamu Hobon, consequently granted bail to the accused in the sum of N600,000 and one surety in like sum.

He, however, added a caveat, saying that the surety must be a senior civil servant of not less than grade level 14 or a deposit of certificate of occupancy with the court.

The judge later adjourned the case till July 4, for further hearing.



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