Furniture Maker, South African Airways Officer Face Drug Charges


A furniture maker, Junaidu Babatunde Ganiyu, who was arrested with 1.5 kilogrammes of cocaine, on his  trip back to Nigeria from Brazil  has been arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos, South-West  Nigeria.

He was alleged to have been introduced to drug business by a friend called Fani.

Arraigned alongside the accused as an accomplice is the head of Baggage Services of South African  Airways, Olumuyia Michael Adebulehin.

On 31 October, 2010 at about 2300hrs during the inward clearance of a South African Airways flight  from Brazil at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, Junaidu Babatunde Ganiyu, was  arrested with three bags. When the bags were searched, substances suspected to be cocaine were found.

Thereafter, the accused told the NDLEA operatives that one of his bags containing drug is on its way  coming. Consequently, the operatives decided to be on the look-out for the bag.

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It was further alleged that the second accused, Olumuyiwa Michael Adebulehin, ordered one of his  aides called Olude Akeem to forward the bag to a passenger at Abuja airport on arrival.

On 19 November, 2010, the aide, Olude, alleged that when the bag arrived, he complied with the  directive of Olumuyiwa Michael Adebulehin by clearing the luggage from the store in readiness to  forward to Abuja.

He then invited the NDLEA operative on duty to search the luggage for final clearance before it is  forwarded to Abuja.

In the course of the search,  a substance suspected to be cocaine was discovered inside the bag. He  was then arrested and detained. Olude is to testify at the trial of the accused persons as witness.

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