By Oladapo Okeowo
An officer of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ugwoke Emmanuel, was on Thursday arraigned by the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos for drug trafficking.
He is facing a two-count charge of sale and transportation of marijuana, a banned substance under Nigerian laws and punishable under section 20(2) of the National Drugs Laws Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30, Law of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
Emmanuel, stationed to the Seme border, allegedly transported cannabis using an official NCS Toyota Hilux at the Gbaji Customs checkpoint along Seme-Badagry road.
After having the charges read to him, the accused pleaded not guilty.
Thereafter, counsel for the NDLEA, Aliyu Abubakar, begged the court to remand the accused in prison. This was objected to by Emmanuel’s lawyers, Benson Ndakara and Viviane Ekwegh.
They argued for and filed a bail application which has not been assented or objected to by the presiding judge, Justice Hadizat Rabiu-Shagari.
Justice Rabiu-Shagari adjourned the case till September 28 for ruling on the bail application and ordered that the accused officer be remanded in prison.