Court Further Remands, Hotelier Adekaz For 15 Days In NDLEA’s Custody

A Lagos Federal High Court, today, permitted National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to further detain alleged drug lord, Abudallah Kazeem Muhammad a.k.a Kazeem Afolabi Babalola, popularly called Adekaz, in its custody, for another period of 15 days.

The court presided over by Justice Daniel Osiagor, extended the remand order, while granting an Exparte motion filed and argued by the NDLEA lawyer, Mr. Abu Ibrahim.

In urging court to extend the remand order, Barrister Abu told the court that the request is pursuant to sections 35(1)(c), (4), (5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended); Section 3 of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004; Order 26 Rule 6 of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2019 and under the court’s inherent Jurisdiction.

Barrister Abu also told the court that the grounds for the orders sought for was for the purpose of a detailed investigation and that the investigations to be embarked upon by the NDLEA will take a prolonged time outside the constitutional period of detention of the respondent, as the NDLEA will need to extend it’s investigations to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

He further told the court that the respondent was declared wanted by the court in the case of the allegation against him and in connection with the seizure of 900 grams of Cocaine from an alleged drug courier, Bolujoko Muyiwa Babalola, and he is reasonably believed to be involved in drug trafficking and Money Laundering of drug proceeds. 

Justice Osiagor after listening to the NDLEA lawyer, and citing section 35(c) of the Nigerian 1999 Constitution and Section 296(1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015, ordered the NDLEA to remand the respondent in its custody for another 15 days.
In a related development, Justice Ambrose Lewis-Allagoa of a Lagos Federal High Court, has ordered the remand of one Darlinton Chisom Oketum, till the conclusion of investigation and prosecution on money laundering allegations.

The suspect was accused of laundering the sum of N5 million, for a Pakistani drug courier, Asif Muhammed, who was recently arrested with 8 kilograms of Cocaine. 

Justice Lewis-Allagoa granted her remand order, while granting originating ex-parte motion filed and argued by Barrister Abu Ibrahim, a lawyer in the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

Abu told the court that the order sought for was pursuant to sections 35(1)(c), (4), (5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended); Section 3 of the NDLEA Act Cap N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004; Order 26 Rule 6 of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2019 and under the court’s Inherent Jurisdiction.

The NDLEA lawyer while moving the Exparte motion, affidavit in support and written address, told the court that the grounds for application was to enable the agency to Keep the respondent in detention for the purpose(s) of a detailed investigation, as the applicant will need to extend her investigations to the respondent’s place of residence at Umuahia, Abia State.   

He also told the court that his agency will need prolonged time outside the prescribed constitutional period of detention of the Respondent as the investigations to be embarked upon will require up to 30 days in the first instance as it has some international aspects to. 

Justice Lewis-Allagoa after hearing the NDLEA lawyer, granted the application to remand her till the conclusion of investigation and prosecution.