A former operative of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Usman Hassan Taiwo, was yesterday, arraigned before a Lagos Federal High Court, on a two count-charge of conspiracy and forgery.
Charged along with the accused was one Adesanya Olatunde Olufemi.
NDLEA alleged that, the former operative, on or about May 13, 2015, did forge NDLEA’s Identity Card for the second accused person, with intent to deceive the United States of America Consulate, and to procure America visa for the second accused.
Both former NDLEA official and the second accused person unlawfully assumed the name, character and designation of officer of the anti-drug agency.
NDLEA prosecutor, Mr. Fingere Dinneys said the offences were contrary to and punishable under sections 14(b) and 15 of the NDLEA Act Cap. N30, Laws of the Federation, 2004.
At the Tuesday’s arraignment, the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Upon the plea of the accused, the prosecutor, Mr. Dinneys urged the court to remand them in prisons custody, pending their trial.
However, lawyer to the accused persons, Mrs. Bolanle Kolawole, applied for their bail. But the application was opposed by the NDLEA prosecutor on the ground that the former official of the agency could jump bail if granted.
The prosecutor also added that the agency was able to apprehend the former official with the aid of a commercial bank that assisted in trapping him down when he went there for another alleged illegal transaction.
Consequently, he urged the court to discountenance the accused person’s bail applications.
The presiding judge, Justice Mohammad Yunusa adjourned the case till June 29, to rule on the bail application and ordered that the accused person be remanded at Ikoyi prisons.


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