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Court grants NDLEA order to destroy N150m illicit drugs - Drug abuse

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has given the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA, an order to destroy narcotics drugs and psychotropic substances, weighing 15.660kg and valued at about N150 million.
Justice Inyang Ekwo in a ruling on Friday granted an order for the forfeiture and leave to destroy the drug sought by the NDLEA in an ex-parte application argued by a senior lawyer to the agency, Mike Kassa.
In the application marked: FJC/ABJ/CS/1142021, the NDLEA prayed for “an order for forfeiture and leave to destroy, by burning in a public place, all narcotics drugs and psychotropic substances tendered in cases already prosecuted to a conclusion in Abuja from January 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020, by the agency, weighing 15.660kg.”
The NDLEA, in a supporting affidavit, said the drugs and psychotropic substances were seized by operatives at its Abuja command in the course of their operations at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
It stated that the cases, in respect of which the drugs and psychotropic substances were seized, have all been concluded and that no appeals were pending in respect of the cases.
According to NDLEA, the cases to which the forfeited items related includes: “CR/96/2019 in which Angela Wairimu Gathanju, arrested May 11, 2019, was convicted by Court 10 of the Federal High Court, Abuja on January 17, 2020, for unlawful possession of 6.5/0kg of heroin.
“CR/136/2019 in which Emmanuel Ugochukwu Udeagwu was convicted by Court Seven of the Federal High Court, Abuja on July 1, 2019, for unlawful possession of 3.1kg of cocaine.
“CR/172/2019 in which Ogbu Emeka Christian, arrested on July 17, 2019, was convicted by Court Four of the Federal High Court, Abuja on March 17, 2020, for unlawful possession of 3kg of methamphetamine.
“CR/264/2019 in which Ibeh Augustine Chukwu, arrested on October 20, 2019, was convicted by Court, Three of the Federal High Court, Abuja on June 17, 2020, for the unlawful possession of 5kg of cocaine.
“CR/182/2017 in which Anifowose Oluwaseyi Omotayo, arrested on October 25, 2017, was convicted by Court, seven of the Federal High Court, Abuja on January 7, 2020, for unlawful possession, of 3kg of ephedrine and 1.9kg of cocaine”.

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