10th February, 2011
A furniture maker, Junaidu Babatunde Ganiyu, who was arrested with 1.5 kilogrammes of cocaine, on hisÂ trip back to Nigeria from BrazilÂ has been arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos, South-WestÂ 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 AfricanÂ Airways, Olumuyia Michael Adebulehin.
On 31 October, 2010 at about 2300hrs during the inward clearance of a South African Airways flightÂ from Brazil at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, Junaidu Babatunde Ganiyu, wasÂ 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 wayÂ coming. Consequently, the operatives decided to be on the look-out for the bag.
It was further alleged that the second accused, Olumuyiwa Michael Adebulehin, ordered one of hisÂ 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 theÂ directive of Olumuyiwa Michael Adebulehin by clearing the luggage from the store in readiness toÂ forward to Abuja.
He then invited the NDLEA operative on duty to search the luggage for final clearance before it isÂ forwarded to Abuja.
In the course of the search,Â a substance suspected to be cocaine was discovered inside the bag. HeÂ was then arrested and detained. Olude is to testify at the trial of the accused persons as witness.