NDLEA Arraigns Soldier Over Alleged Drug Trafficking

Olanrewaju, When He Was Arrested With The Drugs

A 49 year-old man, Olanrewaju Wahab Lawal, said to be a soldier, was today arraigned by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), before a Lagos Federal High Court, over alleged trafficking of multiple banned substances.

The soldier was arraigned before Justice Akintayo Aluko court, on a six count-charge of conspiracy and unlawfully engaged in the transportation of the banned substances.

The prosecutor, Mr. Lambert Nor, Head of NDLEA’s Legal/prosecution department of the Lagos State Command, told the court that the defendant and other now at large, heve been operating a Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) since September 15, till January 12, 2023, when he was arrested at Ago Palace Way, Okota, Lagos, Lagos State.

Mr. Lambert told the court that the defendant was arrested with the high volumes of the banned substances which include: Tramadol Hydrochloride 250mg weighing 223.65 Kilogrames, Tramadol Hydrochloride 225mg weighing 28.40 Kilogrames, Pregabalin weighing 169.4 Kilogrames and Codeine Based Syrup weighing 1,469 litres.

He told the court that the all the banned drugs were listed as “designated by the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961 and its Protocal and the Convention against illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances 1988”.

The prosecutor also told the court that the defendant’s alleged illegal acts, contravened Sections 14(b) and 11(b) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N 30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004. 

The defendant has however pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Following his not guilty plea, the prosecutor asked for a trial date, as well asked the court for a trial date. 

Responding to the prosecutor’s request, lawyer to the defendant, Bolanle Kolawole, told the court that her client’s bail application has been filed and same has been served on the prosecutor.

She also pleaded with the court to allow her client to be in NDLEA’s custody till the determination of the bail application.

Justice Aluko after taking arguments from counsel, adjourned the matter till March 17, for ruling on the bail application. 

The judge also ordered that the defendant be remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS) till ruling on his bail application.

Meanwhile, the prosecutor also has also moved an Exparte Application seeking to forfeit in the interim, the vehicle used by the soldier to transport the said banned substance, as well as some of his monies kept in some banks.

The prosecutor told the court that investigation revealed that the monies are proceeds of illegal acts.

Justice Aluko has equally adjourned till March 17, for ruling on the Exparte application.