Man Arraigned For Trafficking In 332Kg Of Tramadol
The National Drug Laws Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), today, arraigned a 48 year-old man, Pius Enidom, before a Lagos Federal High Court, for allegedly trafficking in 332 kilograms of prohibited tablet, Tramadol.
NDLEA lawyer, Mr. Jerry Aernan, while arraigning the man before Justice Nicholas Oweibo led-court, said the man was arrested with the drugs, by the Agency’s Operatives, on May 4, 2021, at Presken Hotel, Opebi-Ikeja.
Aernan told the court that the illegal act of the man, contravened Section 11 (b) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap. N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under the same Act.
The charge against the defendant reads: “That you Pius Enidom, male, adult, 48 years old and others now at large on or about the 4th day of May, 2021 at Presken Hotel, Opebi, Ikeja Lagos State within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable court without lawful authority engaged in the trafficking of 332kgs of Tramadol a Psychotropic substance simular to Cocaine, Heroin and LSD and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 11 (b) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap. N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004”.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Following the defendant’s plea, the prosecutor asked the court for trial date, while also urged the court to remand him pending the determination of the charge against him.
However, the defendant’s counsel, Chief Benson Ndakara, pleaded with the court to grant bail to his client on a liberal terms.
Ndakara told the court that his request is pursuant to an application for bail which same has been served on the prosecution.
Upon taking arguments on the bail application, Justice Oweibo, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N5 million with two sureties in like sum, among others.
Justice Oweibo, while adjourning the matter till November 10, for the defendant’s trial, however ordered that the defendant be remanded in NDLEA custody pending the time he will perfect the bail terms.