Two officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency testified against a former Vice Chairman of Lagos Island East Local Council Development Area, at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi on Thursday.

Sakiru Kehinde Ashekun is being charged for trafficking in 1.0 kilograms of Cocaine.

He was arraigned before Justice Ayokunle Faji, on the 30th of June, on a count charge of unlawful exportation of the banned drug.

The defendant, whose counsel is a former Attorney-General of Lagos state, Supo Shasore (SAN) pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The accused was however, denied bail, following strong submissions made by the prosecutor.

Consequently, the trial judge made an order of accelerated Hearing, and ordered that the defendant be remanded in the custody of the Nigerians Correctional Services, till the determination of the charge against him.

At the resumed hearing of the charge, the agency’s forensics expert, Anebi Ajihma, told the court, how he carried out scientific tests on the seized drug and confirmed such to be cocaine.

While, The second prosecution witness, who’s an Exhibits’ keeper, Okwunjor Augustine, narrated how the seized drug was handed over to him for safe keeping.

drugs concealed in foot wares by Sakiru Kehinde Ashekun

Both witnesses also tendered several documents and samples of the test drug, which the court admitted as Exhibits.

Further hearing in the trial, which includes the cross-examination of the second witness, has been adjourned till September 21 and 24.

The former Vice Chairman, popularly called Owoiya, was arrested on May 7, 2021, during the outward clearance of passengers on Virgin Atlantic Airlines flight from Lagos to London, Heathrow at the Departure Hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Aiport, Ikeja, Lagos.

He was alleged to have concealed the drug in some footwear.


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