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60 Years Old, Popular Pastor Arrested For Drug Trafficking in Lagos (Photo)

A self-acclaimed Pastor, Pastor Raji Michael Ayoola, has been arraigned before a Lagos Federal High Court, over unlawful dealing in 174 kilograms of banned hard drugs.

The 60 years old, Pastor, whose another names bear Kadigun Fatah Ola, was arrested by the Operatives of National Drugs Laws Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), at Customs Section of National Handling Company (NAHCO), on February 10, 2015, while attempting to export the said hard drugs to South Africa.

NDLEA in a charge marked FHC/L/74c/2015, alleged that the Pastor who is a father of six, and resident of 14, Abanishe Street, Agodo-Egbe, Lagos, was alleged to have conspires with others now at large, to unlawfully export 91 kilograms of Methamphetamine, a psychotropic substance, and 83 kilograms of Ephedrine, a controlled substance.

The two narcotic according to NDLEA prosecutor, Mr. Abu Ibrahim are narcotics similar to Cocaine, Heroine and other banned hard drugs.

The accused was arraigned on four counts charge of bordering on conspiracy and unlawful exportation of the said banned substances.

The offences, according to the prosecutor are contrary to and punishable under sections 14(b) and 11(b) of the National Drugs Laws Enforcement Agency Cap N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

At the resumed trial of the self-acclaimed Pastor on Tuesday, the prosecutor, Mr. Ibrahim called two witnesses and tendered several exhibits.

One of the witnesses called by the prosecutor, Mr. Anadianei A., a forensic expert at the agency, informed the court that he conducted a forensic test on the powdery substances which proved positive to Methamphetamine and Ephedrine.

Parts of the exhibits tendered by the prosecutor including two international and ECOWAS passports, six big bags containing the samples of the drugs, which were marked Exhibit P1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, certificate of test analysis, and some others.

However, the matter has been adjourned till November 18 and 24, for continuation of trial.

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