A Federal High Court in Lagos, on Thursday, ordered the remand in custody of a Custom Officer, Emmanuel Ugwoke, charged with drug trafficking.
Ugwoke, a resident of Badagry in Lagos State, is said to have been dismissed from service, and had served at the Seme border post of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
He was arraigned by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on two counts of drug trafficking.
He was alleged to have unlawfully trafficked about 394 kg of Cannabis Sativa a. k. a Hemp.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The prosecution alleged that he committed the offence on May 14, at Gbaji Customs check point along Seme-Badagry Road.
The accused who is said to be a driver of the Customs vehicle, was alleged to have knowingly, transported the prohibited ‘weed’ in a Toyota Hilux belonging to The NCS.
The prosecutor, Mr. Aliyu Abubakar, said that the offences contravenes the provisions of sections 19, 20(1)(a) and 20 (2) of the NDLEA Act. Cap N30 Laws of the Federation, 2004.
After his plea, the prosecutor urged the court to order the remand of the accused in prison custody while he sought for a trial date.
Meanwhile, counsel to the accused, Chief Benson Ndakara, pleaded with the court to admit the accused to bail on liberal terms.
He told the court that he had filed a motion for bail, and same had been served on the prosecution who had also responded accordingly.
In a short ruling, Justice Rabiu Shagari ordered the remand of the accused in custody and adjourned until Sept. 28, to decide his bail application.
The NDLEA Act provides for a term of life imprisonment if found guilty of the offence of drug trafficking.