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Published On: Mon, May 26th, 2014

Court orders continued remand of 2 over drug trafficking

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A Federal High Court in Lagos, on Friday, ordered the continued remand of two suspected drug traffickers, Innocent Okafor, 31, and Roseline Nnamani, 38, at the Ikoyi Prisons.

Okafor and Nnamani are standing trial on a two-count charge of conspiracy and drug trafficking.

Justice Musa Kurya ordered the continued remand of the accused, following the prosecution’s objection to their bail applications.

Kurya, subsequently, adjourned the case to June 6, to rule on the bail application.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the suspects were first arraigned on May 6 but pleaded not guilty to the charges and were remanded in custody.

At their arraignment, the Prosecutor, Mr. Abu Ibrahim, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Dec. 24, 2013, at NIPOST Office in Jos, Plateau state.

Ibrahim said that the accused were arrested in possession of 1.8kg of cocaine.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 14 (b) and 19 of the NDLEA Act, Cap. N30, Laws of the Federation, 2004.

At the resumed hearing, Counsel to the accused, Mr. Benson Ndakara, urged the court to admit his clients to bail.

He told the court that the accused had been in detention for six months which had affected their health.

However, the prosecutor opposed each of the bail applications with a 12-paragraph counter-affidavit.

NAN reports that the offence of drug trafficking could attract life imprisonment, if convicted. (NAN)

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