A Federal High sitting in Lagos has remanded a pharmacist, Ikwebe Ori Helen, at the Kirikiri Correctional Services (NCoS), for unlawful dealing in hard drugs.
She pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge leveled against her by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
She was arraigned on charges bordering on conspiracy and unlawful transportation of 51.10 kilograms of Pentazocine Injection 30mg, a narcotic analgesic, similar to cocaine, Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, commonly known as LSD, and heroin.
At the Court hearing on Thursday, the prosecuting counsel, Mr Abu Ibrahim, told the Court that the defendant was arrested on June 8 with the banned analgesic, when she wanted to transport them to Kaduna State, via Murtala Muhammed Domestic Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.
According to him, her offense contravened the provisions of sections 21 (2)(d) and 20 (1)(a) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Cap. N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and punishable under section 11(b) of the said Act.
Following her plea, the defense counsel, Dennis Warri, argued with the prosecution team on the bail application.
Justice Nicholas Oweibo granted her bail application, in the sum of N5 million, with one surety in like sum.
The Court also ordered that the surety must be a resident within the jurisdiction of the Court.
Also, the Court’s registrar must verify the bail documents.
The judge then adjourned the matter to September 20, for trial.
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