The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has charged one Afeez Alade before a Federal High Court Lagos for allegedly aiding the trafficking of a restricted narcotics called Ephedrine.
The accused was arraigned before Justice N. Ayo-Emmanuel on a two count-charge of conspiracy to export 25 kg of Ephedrine which is classified as a prohibited substance listed in the schedule of the NDLEA Act.
The accused had previously pleaded guilty to the charges alongside some co-accused when they were arraigned sometime before the court, but after the conviction of his co-accused, he opted to change his plea.
He pleaded not guilty on his re-arraignment.
After his plea, the Prosecutor, Mr Abu Ibrahim, urged the court to issue a trial date, while the accused be remanded in prison.
In response, the Defence Counsel, Mr R. Abdulhameed, moved a bail application on behalf of the accused, urging the court to admit him to bail on liberal terms.
In a short ruling, the court granted the accused bail in the sum of one million naira with one surety in like sum.
he judge directed that the surety must be a federal civil servant not below grade level 14.
The court also held that the sureties must reside within the jurisdiction of the court and his particulars verified by the prosecutor within 14 days of submission.
The court adjourned the case for trial until March 5 and March 6, 2019.
According to the charge, the accused was said to have committed the offences on April 18 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.
He was accused of conspiring with one Omoyeni and Salaudeen, who worked at the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NACHO), but are now convicts, to export 25 kg of the narcotics.
The offences contravene the provisions of Section 24 (b) of the NDLEA Act, Cap N30, Laws of the Federation, 2004.