By Sandra Umeh
Lagos – The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Tuesday dragged a 42-year-old man, Ganiyu Kiokik, before a Federal High Court in Lagos, for alleged drug trafficking.
Kiokik is standing trial on a charge of trafficking 4.4kg of cannabis sativa also known as Indian hemp.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge marked FHC/L/10C/2020.
The prosecutor, Mr Jeremiah Aernan, said that the defendant committed the offence on Oct. 22, 2019.
Aernan said that the defendant was arrested following a tip-off at a place called Ikaka in the Agege area of Lagos State.
The prosecutor said that the defendant was arrested while trading in Indian hemp, a restricted drug similar to Cocaine and Heroin LSD.
The drug is said to be listed in the schedule of the NDLEA as a banned substance.
The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 11(c) of the NDLEA Act, Cap N30, Laws of the Federation, 2004.
Justice Muslim Hassan ordered that the defendant be remanded at the Ikoyi Custodial Centre pending bail.
Hassan adjourned the case until March 6, for trial.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the offence of drug trafficking attracts a term of life imprisonment if the offender is found guilty.