Woman, 40, re­manded over drug smug­gling

Daily Trust - - CRIME - By Ka­mardeen A. Is­mail

A Fed­eral High Court sit­ting in the Cen­tral Area, Abuja, has re­manded a 40-year-old woman in prison for smug­gling drugs.

The ac­cused, Yemisi Taiwo, was said to have com­mit­ted the of­fence, con­trary to Sec­tion 11 NDLEA CAP N30, Law of the Fed­er­a­tion, 2004.

Bar­ris­ter S.I. Mike, who ap­peared for the pros­e­cut­ing of­fi­cer, Bar­ris­ter Mike Kassa, told the court that on May 20, the ac­cused, a res­i­dent of New Air force bar­racks, Kubo, phase 1, Abuja was ar­rested by men of the Na­tional Drug Law En­force­ment Agency (NDLEA) fol­low­ing in­tel­li­gence in­for­ma­tion about the shady busi­ness of the ac­cused.

Prior to her ar­rest, the ac­cused was al­leged to have been smug­gling drugs within Abuja en­vi­rons. She was caught with 600grams of cannabis and other il­licit drugs.

When the charges were read to the ac­cused, she pleaded guilty.

Mean­while, Barr S. I. Mike has made a plea for ad­journ­ment to en­able the pros­e­cut­ing of­fi­cer, Barr Mike Kassa, to re­view the case.

Jus­tice O. E. Abang granted the plea and or­dered the re­mand of the ac­cused.

In a re­lated in­ci­dent, two men were also re­manded by Jus­tice O. E. Abang for smug­gling sub­stance sus­pected to be cannabis sativa af­ter they pleaded guilty to the charges.

The duo, iden­ti­fied as Joel Ishaiku (31) and Haruna Musa (25) were pros­e­cuted sep­a­rately.

Joel Ishaiku was ar­rested on May 2 with 100grams while Haruna Musa was ar­rested on May 20 with 5 kilo­grams of the sus­pected sub­stance .

Their sen­tences were, how­ever, ad­journed to Septem­ber 26, fol­low­ing the plea by Bar­ris­ter S.I. Mike for the pur­pose of re­view by the pros­e­cu­tor of the case, Bar­ris­ter Mike Kassa.

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