NIGERIA: 60-year-old Pastor arraigned for drug trafficking

By Wale Odunsi

crimeA 60-year-old Pastor, Raji Michael Ayoola, has been arraigned at the Federal High Court in Lagos for attempting to export banned narcotics.

According to the Nigerian Daily Post Newspaper online, quoting the Nigerian National Drugs Laws Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), said this information was disclosed this on Wednesday.said

Ayoola conspired with others to unlawfully export 91 kilograms of Methamphetamine, a psychotropic substance, and 83 kilograms of Ephedrine, a controlled substance.

Ayoola was arrested by the agency’s operatives last February while attempting to export the substances to South Africa.

Prosecution counsel, Mr. Abu Ibrahim, said the drugs were similar to cocaine and heroin in effect.

The alleged offence is punishable under sections 14(b) and 11(b) of the NDLEA Law of 2004.

Ayoola, a father of six, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

During trial on Wednesday, a forensic expert, Mr. A. Anadianei said he tested the powdery substances and confirmed they were banned narcotics.

Justice Jude Dagat adjourned till November 18 and 24 for continuation of trial.

The NDLEA last week arrested two at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport for being in possession of 700 grams of cocaine.

SOURCE: The Daily Post Online

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