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Alleged Drug Trafficking: Two Witnesses Testify Against Former Council Boss, Ashekun

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Two officials of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) today, testified against Mr. Sakiru Kehinde Ashekun, a former Vice Chairman of Lagos Island East Local Council Development Area (LCDA), who was charged before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Thursday, for trafficking in 10 kilograms of Cocaine.

The two officials, Anebi Ajihma and Okwunjor Augustine, the Agency’s forensic expert and Exhibits keeper respectively testified before Justice Ayokunle Faji

Th former council Chief was arraigned before the court on June 30, on a count charge of unlawful exportation of the banned drug.

The offence, which according to the prosecutor, Mr. Abu Ibrahim, is contrary to and punishable under Section 11(b) of the said National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Though, the defendant denied the allegation and pleaded not guilty, he was not granted bail, following strong submissions made by the prosecutor.

Consequently, the trial judge made an order of accelerated hearing, while also ordered that the defendant be remanded in the custody of the Nigeria Correctional Services (NCoS), till the determination of the charge against him.

At the resumed hearing of the charge today, the two witnesses, while being led in evidence, narrated the roles they played in the arrest of the former Council Chief

While the exhibits keeper, Okwunjor told the court how the seized drug was handed over to him for well and save keeping, the forensic expert, Anebi, told the court how he carried out scientific test on the seized drug and confirmed such to be cocaine.

The two witnesses also tendered several documents, samples of test drug and others, which were admitted by the court as Exhibits.

Meanwhile, further hearing of the matter has been adjourned till September 21 and 24, for cross-examination of the second witness and continuation of the defendant’s trial.

The former Vice Chairman, popularly called Owoiya, was arrested on May 7, 2021, during the outward clearance of passengers on Virgin Atlantic Airlines flight from Lagos to London, Heathrow at the Departure Hall of Murtala Muhammed International Aiport, Ikeja, Lagos.

He was alleged to have concealed the drug in some footwear.

The charge against the former Council Chief reads: “That you Asekun Sakiru Kehinde, Male, Adult, on or about the 7th May 2021 during the outward clearance of passengers on Virgin Atlantic Airlines flight from Lagos to London, Heathrow at the Departure Hall of Murtala Muhammed International Aiport, Ikeja, Lagos without lawful authority exported 1.000 kilogramme of Cocaine, a Narcotc Drug and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 11(b) of the said National Drug Law Enforcernent Agency Act Cap N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004”.

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