Court Clears Clearing Agent Of Drug Charges, Orders NDLEA To Release Seized Properties
Justice Yellim Bogoro of a Lagos Federal High Court, has cleared a clearing agent, Mr. Chukwuemeka Kingsley Madueke, of any drug related offences.
Justice Bogoro freed the clearing agent of the drugs allegation, after the prosecuting agency, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), brought before the court an application to withdraw charges of Conspiracy and unlawful importation of 74.119 Kilograms of Captagon tablets (Amphetamine), a narcotic drug similar to Cocaine, LSD and Heroin, against him.
The judge, after hearing the prosecutor, Mr. Fingere Owen Dinneys, on the withdrawal of the charges against the clearing agent held that: “after hearing F. O. Dinneys, who is counsel for the prosecuting agency (NDLEA) informed the Court of notice to withdraw the charge against the second Defendant (Chukwuemeka Kingsley Madueke) on the ground that the particular suspect has been apprehended, he wish to withdraw the charge against the second Defendant.
“The application to withdraw the Charge dated 12th January, 2022 against the 2nd Defendant is granted. The second defendant is accordingly discharged.”
Justice Bogoro also order that all items seized from the second Defendant in the course of investigation including Lexus RX 330 be returned to him.
The clearing agent, who is Managing Director of CFK Global Investment, was brought before the court by the NDLEA, with one Romanus Abuchi Onah, on the allegations, which are contrary to Section 14(b) and 11(a) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30 Laws of the Federation, 2004, and punishable under the same Act.
On October 26, 2021, during their arraignment, Chukwuemeka denied the allegations and constantly maintained his innocence.