Crime/DefenseLegal/Judiciary

32.9kg cocaine peddling: Trial of 10 Thais, 9 Nigerians continues June 23

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the trial before Justice Daniel Osiagor of a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State, Nigeria, of a vessel, MV Chayaneenaree, 10 Thailand Nationals and nine Nigerians, who were accused of smuggling 32.9 kilograms of Cocaine to the country, will now continue on June 23, 2022.

This is because the matter could not go on as scheduled on Wednesday due to the nonavailability of an interpreter.

Those to face trial alongside the vessel on charges of conspiracy, unlawful importation and transportation of the said banned substance are; Krilerk Tanakhan; Boonlert Hansoongnern; Jakkarin Booncharoen; Thammarong Put-t-ek; Worrapat Paopinta; Marut Kantaprom; Werapat Somboonying; Urkit Amsri; Panudet Jaisuk and Amrat Thawom.

Their Nigerian counterparts are Samuel Messiah; Ishaya Maisamari; Ilesanmi Ayo Abbey; Osabeye Stephen; Gbenga Ogunfadeke; Kayode Buletiri; Rilwan Omotosho Liasu; Saidi Sule Alani and Jamiu Adewale Yusuf.

According to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, the defendants were arrested on October 13, 2021, at Apapa, where they allegedly committed the offences.

They were accused of commiting the alleged crime alongside Kehinde Enoch, Ayo Joseph and one Tunde all said to be at large

According to the prosecutor, Mrs Theresa Asuquo and Mr Fingere Owen Dinneys, acted in contravention of Sections 11 (b), 11(a) and 14 (b) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

But the Defendants had pleaded not guilty to the charge when they were arraigned before the court, and equally admitted to bail in various terms and conditions.

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