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NDLEA Gets Court Nod To Sell Abandoned Vehicles Loaded With 7,372 kg of Indian Hemp

A Federal High Court, Lagos, today, granted a motion exparte filed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), seeking the forfeiture and selling of abandoned vehicles loaded with 7372.13 kilograms of Cannabis Sativa, popularly called Indian hemps.

The vehicles were also said to be housing 31.4 grams of heroine, 292 grams of cocaine, and 19 grams of methamphetamine.
  
The court presided over by Justice Sule Hassan, granted the request, after the NDLEA's lawyer, Mr. Jerry Aernan, had argued the exparte application.

In the application, the NDLEA has urged the court for an order for forfeiture of seven vehicles in its favour. 

The anti-narcotic had also asked the court for an order directing the sale of the vehicles and lodging the proceeds into the account of GBE federal Republic of Nigeria.

Vehicles ordered to be forfeited and sell by the court are: a blue Volvo 240 GL, marked AH 331 EPE; a Nissan Pick-up marked AA 801 SBA; a blue Mazda bus marked AS 693 AAB; a green Peugeot 605 car marked CL 928 AAA; a Volkswagen-Audi with chassis number WAUZZZ8DZTA164050; a Mercedes-Benz 200 (regular) marked AA 915 LSD, and a black Express Bus with registration number KTU 783 CQ.

The NDLEA in an affidavit attached with the motion exparte, deposed to by Odede Lawrence, and exhibit officer of the agency, stated that the said vehicles were abandoned with the banned substances between February 2, 2013 and 2016, and that nobody has appear to claim the vehicles and the contents.

The deponent also stated that some of the vehicles were recovered at Alaka area, Mushin; its Lagos State Command, and Ikorodu Command, and its Zone A Unit, at the Federal Operation Unit (FOU) of Nigerian Customs Services.

He also stated that a preliminary test conducted on the recovered substances revealed that they banned drugs. And that between 2016 and now, the vehicles are fast deteriorating.

He therefore urged the court to grant the application in the interest of justice.

Justice Hassan granted the forfeiture and selling of the vehicles, after listening to the submission of the NDLEA lawyer. 

The judge however, ordered NDLEA to filed an undertaken as to damage, so as to indemnify anyone who may claimed that the order was wrongly obtained.

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