Court remands 43-year-old Senegalese woman


A 43-year-old Senegalese woman Sall Fatou has been remanded in prison custody by the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos for allegedly engaging in the exportation of 151.6 grammes of cocaine without lawful authority at Seme border control post.

The prosecution counsel Barr Jerry Aernan asked that the two-count charge be read and explained to enable her take the plea in an offence said to contrary to and punishable under section 11 (b) of the National Drug Law enforcement Agency (,NDLEA) Act, Cap 30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

Fatou pleaded not guilty to a two-count charge read in English and interpreted in French by an NDLEA interpreter, and in view of her plea, Aernan prayed that the accused be remanded in prison custody and for as well a date for commencement of trial.

The accused counsel C. Opara filed an application for bail which was not responded to by the prosecution for the reason that it was served on them that day in court and the NDLEA custody cannot accommodate the accused. Opara also prayed the court that the accused person was suffering on a spiritual attack and any time she bathes she had to use a particular water, one from Dakar and from the sea.

Justice Saliu Saidu of the Lagos Federal High Court advised the accused counsels to look out for sureties and all other requirements to perfect the bail condition as soon as she will be granted bail in the next adjourned date hence it will not be possible for him to take an oral bail application.