Law Breaker Drug law official in trouble for smuggling cocaine

An official of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has been dragged to court for trafficking drugs.

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In a classic case of a law maker turning law breaker, an official of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Adeogun Olajide, has been arrested for illegally importing 2.692 kilograms of cocaine into the country.

The drug law employee was nabbed at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

On the strength of the crime, Olajide was arraigned at the Federal High Court in the state on a four count charge bordering on conspiracy and importation of narcotic drugs.

The prosecutor in the case, Augustine Nwagu, also an NDLEA official, told the court that the accused committed the offence at the International Mail Processing Centre of the airport.

Nwagu said:

"The accused had on February 24, imported 2.092 kilograms of cocaine. He also imported 600 kilograms of this same substance on or before March 8 without lawful authority."

The prosecutor urged the court to remand the accused in the NDLEA’s remand facility pending the time investigation would be concluded but counsel to the accused, Benson Ndakara, urged the court to admit his clients to bail.

He told the court that the accused had been in detention since March and that it would be appropriate and fair to release him on bail.

But the judge, Justice Saliu Saidu, ordered that the accused should be remanded in the NDLEA facility for seven days.

He said:

"But if the NDLEA fails to conclude its investigation within seven days, I will entertain the bail applications of the accused."

The case was adjourned till May 14.

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