NDLEA Arraigns Man over Export of Diazepam Tablets, Injections

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Tuesday charged a 35-years-old man, Mike Ndasi, before a Federal High Court in Lagos for drug peddling.

The accused is standing trial on a two-count charge bordering on unlawful possession and export of restricted drug substances.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Following a bail application moved by his counsel, Mr A. Nnamuko, Justice Saliu Saidu, granted the accused bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum.

The judge added that one of the sureties must be a blood relation of the accused, with proof of landed property in Lagos.
He thereafter, adjourned the case to July 6 for trial.
In the charge, the accused was alleged to have committed the offence on February 13.

The prosecutor, Mr. Augustine Agwu alleged that he was arrested at the shed of the Nigeria Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO), at the Murtala Muhammed Airport.

He said  the accused was arrested for exporting about 2.75 kilogramme of Diazepam tablet, and 24.5 kiloggramme of Diazepam Injection.
He said the drugs are classified by the NDLEA as restricted narcotic substances, having similar nature with cocaine and Heroine LSD.

According to him, the offence contravenes the provisions of sections 11 (b) of the NDLEA Act, Cap N30 Laws of the Federation, 2004.
The Act provides for a term of life imprisonment if found guilty of drug trafficking.