A Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) officer, Ugwoke Emmanuel, was on Thursday arraigned by the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on drug trafficking charges before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.
The court read a two-count charge of unlawful selling and transporting of 384 kilograms of cannabis, or marijuana. Mr. Emmanuel, a 25-year-old native of Bale-Oko in Badagry LGA, Lagos State, allegedly transported cannabis using an official NCS Toyota Hilux at the Gbaji Customs checkpoint along Seme-Badagry Road on May 14, 2017.
The accused works at the Seme Border Post of the NCS. Emmanuel pleaded not guilty to the charge. The presiding judge, Justice Hadizat Rabiu-Shagari, while adjourning the matter till September 28, 2017 for ruling on the bail application, ordered that the accused officer be remanded in prison custody.