The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Monday, June 29, 2015 arraigned the man described as the most wanted drug trafficker in Anambra State, Ikejiaku Sylvester Chukwunwe, a.k.a Blessed Benita on a 13-count charge.
Also brought to court with him were Oluchi Nduaguba and John Atuenyi.
The trio, who were brought before the Federal High Court, Awka, Anambra State presided over by Justice Isa Gafai, pleaded not guilty to all their charges.
Chukwunwe in the 13-count charge was accused of conspiracy to form and operate a drug trafficking organisation to process and export Methamphetamine-a drug similar to cocaine, heroine and LSD using couriers and cargoes and “you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 14 (b) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap. N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004”.
He was also charged for unlawfully engaging in the organisation, management and financing of a drug trafficking organisation by the production and exportation of methamphetamine.
The charge maintained that between 2010 to 2015 Chukwunwe conspired to convert the proceeds of illicit traffic in Narcotic and Psychotropic substances into legitimate enterprises – an offence against section 18(a) of Money Laundering Act, 2011 and punishable under section 15(1)and (2)..
He was also charged for converting of the proceeds directly from the illicit traffic in Narcotic substances into real property and physical assets in different locations in Lagos and Anambra.
Oluchukwu Nduaguba and John Atuenyi were charged differently on six count charge on the same matter.
Their lawyers, Chief Benson Ndakara and Emmanuel Okenyi made applications for their bail, but the prosecuting counsel, Lambert Nor, opposed it.
After hearing from both the defence and prosecuting counsel, the Presiding Judge adjourned the ruling for their bail application to July 1, 2015 while the further hearing on the substantive matter was adjourned to November 3rd and 4th,2015.
Culled from Daily Independent
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