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‘How catholic knight dealt in over 2.169 kg of Heroin’ — NDLEA

For allegedly being involved in a conspiracy, unlawful possession of 2. 169 kilograms of Heroin and perversion to the cause of justice, a knight of the Catholic Church, Sir Basil Okafor and his cousin, Edwin Okwuchukwu Izuchukwu, were on Wednesday brought before Justice Daniel Osiagor of a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State, Nigeria.

The duo were dragged before the court by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.

According to the Agency, the defendants were arrested on March 28, 2022, at their residence, 26 Akpomule Street, Isolo-Okota area of Lagos State.

The prosecution further informed the judge that the defendants, without lawful authority, possessed, dealt and distributed the said quantity of the prohibited drug.

The NDLEA equally stated that the Catholic Church knight obstructed the operatives of the anti-narcotic agency, and obstructed authorized officers of the NDLEA, who were on official assignment to arrest him in connection with the seized 2. 169 kilograms of Heroin, by throwing his mobile phone iPhone 7*A1661 with IMEI Numbers 3494 7108650649 containing MTN SIM card (09036306438) into a toilet water closet.

The offences committed, according to the prosecution, contravenes Sections 14(b); 24(b); 20(1)(a) and 49 of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 (As amended), and punishable under Sections 20(2)(a) and 20(2)(b) of the same Act.

But the Defendants had pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The case has since been adjourned till October 5, 2022, for commencement of trial.

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