Crime and Security

Lagos Island ex-Vice chairman remanded over cocaine export

Lagos Island ex-Vice chairman remanded over cocaine export

 

A former vice chairman of the Lagos Island Local Government Area (LGA) Asekun Sakiru Kehinde has been remanded in Prison custody over alleged cocaine export.

Justice Ayokunle Faji of a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos ordered Sakiru in prison custody following his arraignment for allegedly exporting 1.000 kilogrammes of cocaine.

Sakiru was arraigned before the court by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on a one-count charge marked FHC/L/99c/2021.

Prosecutor to the NDLEA Abu Ibrahim told the judge thatSakiru committed the offence on May 7, 2021, during the outward clearance of passengers on a Virgin Atlantic Airlines flight from Lagos to London-Heathrow, at the Departure Hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos.

The court was also told that the defendant, “without lawful authority exported 1.000 kilogrammes of cocaine, a narcotic drug” that is prohibited in the country.

When the charge was read to him, Sakiru pleaded not guilty following which, his counsel Olasupo Shasore SAN leading Chief Benson Ndakara informed the court that a bail application had been filed before the court, adding that the NDLEA had filed a reply to the said application. Mr Abu confirmed receipt of the application

Mr Shasore prayed the court to admit the defendant to bail on liberal terms because the offence for which he was charged is a bailable one.

However, the prosecution counsel opposed him, praying the court to refuse the bail application because, according to him, of the gravity of the offence.

The judge who ruled on the case ordered that Sakiru remanded in prison custody and adjourned the case till July 16.

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