A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Wednesday, 30 June, 2021 remanded the former Vice Chairman of Lagos Island East Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Asekun Sakiru Kehinde in prison custody following his arraignment for allegedly exporting 1.000kg of cocaine.
Recall that Asekun was nabbed by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos on May 7, 2021.
Justice Ayokunle Faji made the order after Kehinde pleaded “not guilty” to a one-count charge bordering on the offence.
The defendant was arraigned by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on a charge marked FHC/L/99c/2021.
NDLEA prosecutor Abu Ibrahim intimated the judge that Kehinde committed the offence on May 7, 2021, during the outward clearance of passengers on a Virgin Atlantic Airlines flight from Lagos to London-Heathrow, at the Departure Hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos.
Following Kehinde’s plea, his counsel Olasupo Shasore SAN leading Chief Benson Ndakara informed the court that a bail application had been filed before the court, adding that the NDLEA had filed a reply to the said application.
Abu confirmed receipt of the application.
Shasore prayed the court to admit the defendant to bail on liberal terms because the offence for which he was charged is a bailable one.
But the prosecution counsel opposed him, praying the court to refuse the bail application because of the gravity of the offence.
Justice Faji adjourned the ruling on the bail application till Friday, 16 July, 2021 and remanded the defendant in prison custody