Crime

Court remands Police Inspector, Bola Adigun over alleged drug dealing, obstructing security agents

Gbemi Solaja, Lagos

Inspector of Police, Bola Adigun, was on Monday, arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos over alleged involvement in drugs, while also conspiring and thereby obstructing security agents from carrying out their duties.

He was also accused of unlawfully possessing banned weeds.

The National Drugs Laws and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), alleged that Adigun and a co- conspirator,  Voke David, now at large, transported 49 large bags containing compressed vegetable substance suspected to be cannabis

The offence was said to have been committed along the Badagry-Lagos Expressway, at Agemowo junction.

The Cannabis Sativa, popularly called Marijuana, which weighed 2.338 kilograms, was driven away in a Volkswagen LT bus marked FKJ 937 XS on May 25, 2017 at 1pm.

Adigun is standing trial before a Federal High Court, Lagos, on charges bordering on conspiracy, drug dealings and willfully obstructing security agents from carrying out their official duty.

NDLEA also alleged that Adigun was armed with a Jericho Pistol numbered BDA 380425pm 56369, calibre 9.85 CAT 1661 loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition, which he used to obstruct the officials of NDLEA from carrying out their duties.

The offences contradict and are punishable under Sections 14(c), 19 and 49(B) of National Drugs Laws Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The accused however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Upon the plea of the accused, the presiding judge, Justice Cecilia Mojisola Olatoregun, admitted him to the bail of N10 million with three sureties.

Justice Olatoregun also ordered that each of the sureties must be a landed property owners, with evidence of three years tax payment, and have their addresses and means of livelihood verified.

The judge however ordered that the accused be remanded in Prison’s custody pending the perfection of the bail conditions.

 The matter was adjourned  till June 27, for commencement of trial.

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