The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has frozen bank accounts belonging to a suspected drug trafficker, Eze Remigus Rapuruchukwu.
The agency arraigned him at the Federal High Court in Lagos along with his companies, Chart Agency Ltd, Albrichris Impex Ltd as well as Emordi Collins and Emmanuel Ifebighi.
They were charged with seven counts of conspiracy and illegal importation of Tramadol.
NDLEA alleged that they operated a drug trafficking organization between 2010 and last year and unlawfully imported 19 containers of the regulated drug.
Tramadol is a narcotic-like pain reliever used to treat moderate to severe pain.
While Rapuruchukwu, his companies and Collins were alleged to have illegally imported the drug, Ifebighi was alleged to have unlawfully removed the seized 19 containers loaded with Tramadol from Apapa Seaport.
The alleged offense is contrary to the United Nations Single Convention on Drugs 1961 and its Protocol and the Convention against illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance 1989, punishable under sections 11(a), 14(b), 16, 19, and 20(2) of the NDLEA Act of 2004.
The NDLEA had placed a no-debit order on Rapuruchukwu’s accounts.
But his lawyer, Mr. Collins Ogbonna, urged the court to de-freeze the accounts.
He said it was contemptuous of the agency to freeze the accounts, as a court had earlier lifted the order.
But NDLEA lawyer Mr. Lambert Nor said the restriction was placed on the accounts due to fresh illicit cash flow into them.
He said the new funds were not covered by any discharge order, adding that no order of the court precludes the NDLEA from executing its statutory mandate by going after other suspected drug money of the defendant/applicant.
Justice Saliu Saidu adjourned till December 11 for ruling. The Nation