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NDLEA arraign former council chairman in court over alleged drug running

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arraigned a former vice-chairman of Lagos Island Local Government Area, Asekun Sakiru Kehinde before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos for allegedly exporting 1.000kg of cocaine.

The defendant was arraigned, Wednesday by the agency on a charge marked FHC/L/99c/2021.

NDLEA prosecutor Abu Ibrahim told the judge that Kehinde committed the offense on June 27, 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 heard that the defendant, “without lawful authority exported 1.000 kilogrammes of cocaine, a narcotic drug” that is prohibited in the country.

former vice-chairman of Lagos Island Local Government Area, Asekun Sakiru Kehinde

Following Kehinde’s plea, 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 offense for which he was charged is a bailable one.

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

The presiding judge, Justice Ayokunle Faji ordered that Kehinde be remanded in prison custody after he pleaded “not guilty” to the charge.

Justice Faji adjourned the ruling till July 16 when the case will come up for hearing.

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