Drug Trafficking: Court To Rule On 11 Filipinos’ No Case Submission

Justice Nicholas Oweibo of a Lagos Federal High Court, has fixed July 17, for ruling on No-Case-Submission application filed by 11 Filipinos, who were standing trial on charges of smuggling 13.65 Kilograms of Cocaine into the country.

Justice Oweibo fixed the date, after taken arguments from the lawyers to the Filipinos and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The 11 Filipinos; Gerapusco Fidel; Antolin Reynante; Bechayoa Edgar; Voltaire Tejero, (M), Adult, Kent Ryan; Bryan Kamos; Ralph Christopher; Maningo Dennis; Romnick Albarracin; Ervin Pabuaya and Quetua Judezar Servilla, alongside a vessel, MV Karteria, were arraigned before the court on May 13, 2022, by the NDLEA.

The prosecutors Mrs. T noheresa Asuqou, K. Adebajo and Fingere Owen Dennis had told the court that the Filipinos were arrested at GDNL Terminal Apapa Port, Lagos, on November 7, 2022, with 13.65 Kilograms of Cocaine, which they unlawfully brought into the country.

They were arraigned on a four count-charge of conspiracy, unlawful importation and transportation of the prohibited substance.

The prosecution had told the offences committed by the foreigners contravened sections 11(b) and 14(b);  of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, and punishable under the same Act.

During the trial of the charges, the prosecution called six witnesses and also tendered several exhibits which includes, bulk of the seized drug, defendants’ statements, laboratory test analysis report, and others which were admitted by the court 

Upon conclusion of prosecution’s case, the defendants instead of opening their defence, opted for No Case -Submission.

Justice Oweibo after taken arguments on the No-Case-Submission on Tuesday, adjourned till July 17, for ruling.