A man, Ibrahim Akeem and his nursing mother-wife, Bukonla, were on Friday 22nd Oct 2021 , arraigned by the men of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) before separate courts of Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, for unlawful possession of different types of hard drugs.
While the man, Ibrahim was arraigned before the court presided over by Justice Abimbola Awogboro on a six count-charge of unlawful dealing in 34.17 grams of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and other drugs named ‘Designer drugs’, his wife, Bukonla was arraigned a count charge of Unlawful possession of 12 grammes of Methamphetamine, before Justice Tijjani Ringim.
The prosecutor, Mr. Adebayo Oluwafemi, told the court that the man committed the offences on August 25, at their residence, 1, Iduwawa Street, Oto Aworl Ijanikin, Ojo Local Government area of Lagos state, while his wife was arrested with the drug at the NDLEA office in Ibereko, Badagry, when she visited her husband.
He told the court that the offences committed by the couple, are contrary to section 19, of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30 laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
Both the couple pleaded guilty to the charges.
Justice Awogboro, while adjourning the matter till Monday, October 25, for review of facts of the charges against the husband. Justice Ringim, convicted the wife.
Justice Ringim, considered the quantity of the drug and the convict, being a nursing mother, however made a ‘bidding order’, for two years, whereby he held that she should be of good behaviour never to engage in Illicit acts.
The judge also ordered the convicted woman, in case of default to the ‘bidding order’, shall be liable to six months imprisonment and reactivation of the charge against her.
The judge also ordered her to pay the sum of N200, 000, 00, with one reliable surety in like sum, who must furnish the court with his address, means of livelihood, two passport photograph, statement of account for six months from today and recommendation letter from the Convict’s counsel.