Justice Tijjani Ringim of a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, has denied the bail application filed by a Qatar-based Nigerian, Agudozie Peter Ihie, who was charged before the court for smuggling into Nigeria, 650 grams of Cocaine, by ingestion.
Agudozie was arraigned before Justice Ringim’s court by the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on a two-count charge of unlawful importation of the named drug on January 25, 2022.
The offences, the prosecutor, Juliana Imaobong-Iroabuchi, told the court, contravened section 11(a) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N, 30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, and punishable under the same Act.
The defendant had denied the allegations, upon which his lawyer, Chief Benson Ndakara and the prosecutor argued on his bail appllication.
While ruling, Justice Ringim dismissed all the submissions made by the defendant’s lawyer, Ndakara. The presiding judge acceded to the prosecutor’s submissions, who had argued that the defendant is “flight risk” and that he will not turn up to stand trial on charges against him.
Justice Ringim, after refusing the defendant’s bail, promised that the charge will be giving accelerated hearing.
The judge consequently, adjourned to May 25, for commencement of defendant’s trial.