10th March, 2011
A Lagos businessman, Kenechukwu Christopher Onwuegbue, who claims to be a spare parts, textile and rubber dealer, has dragged the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, South West Nigeria, over the seizure of Â£50,000 belonging to him.
In an averment filed before Justice Binta Murtala Nyako, the applicant averred that his business has taken him to Dubai and other countries where he sells rubber products and uses the proceeds to buy spare parts and textile materials. He said he has been in the business for ten years.
The applicant further averred that on his arrival from Dubai on 14 January, 2010, officials of NDLEA, in the process of searching his luggage, found and seized Â£50,000, which was the proceed of the products he sold in the Arabian country.
Onwuegbue also averred that he was not allowed to declare the money but was taken to the NDLEA headquarters where he was released without his money.
Since then, according to him, he has visited NDLEA office several times to collect his money but the agency kept asking him to come on another day for over a year ago without releasing his money.
Consequently, he expressed fear that NDLEA will continue to dribble him until the money will be eventually transferred to another security outfit so as to frustrate this suit.
He then urged the court not only to declare that the seizure is unlawful but to order the release of the said money. The applicant also prayed the court to restrain NDLEA from arresting him.
The case has been adjourned for hearing as the applicant alleged the seizure of his money has led to his economic misfortune.