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Police inspector arrested while transporting 49 bags of Indian hemp in Lagos

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A Police Inspector, Bola Adigun, has been brought before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of a Federal High Court, Lagos over alleged hard drug trafficking.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, slammed a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, drug trafficking and willfully obstructing security agents from carrying out their official duties on the inspector.

The prosecution said the accused committed the offences alongside Vwoke David, who is still at large, on May 25.

Police prosecutor, Aliyu Abubakar, said the accused had conspired with another man to transport 49 large bags containing weeds suspected to be Cannabis Sativa of about 2.34 kg on the Lagos-Badagry Expressway.

Abubakar further explained that the accused, who was armed with a Jericho Pistol loaded with rounds of ammunition, willfully obstructed officers of the NDLEA in performing their duties.

According to him, the accused action contravened the provisions of Sections 14(c), 19 and 49(B) of the NDLEA Act, Laws of the Federation, 2004.

However, the police inspector, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Making his verdict, Justice Olatoregun, admitted the accused to a bail of N10 million with three sureties in like sum.

The judge stressed that each of the sureties must be owners of landed property in Lagos with three years tax clearance.

She also ordered that the accused should be kept behind bars pending when his bail condition would be met.

The matter was adjourned until June 27 for commencement of trial.

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