Court Acquits Drug Suspect Over NDLEA’s Failure to Produce Him In Court In Anambra


By John Ugo , Awka

The Federal High Court sitting in Awka Anambra state on Thursday discharged and acquitted one Obinna Obinwa accused of dealing and consumption of Indian hemp.

justice Nnamdi Dimgba discharged and acquitted the suspect for lack of diligent prosecution by the state.

When the case was called for hearing, NDLEA was unable to present the man before the court to defend himself for the second time, a development that the judge was not happy with.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in the suit C/62/2021 had charged Obinna Obinwa before Federal High Court two for being in illegal possession of indian hemp.

Justice Dimgba expressed worry at the agency’s inability to produce the suspect before the court for two consecutive times and therefore discharged and acquitted the suspect for want of diligent prosecution .

Justice Dimgba said that NDLEA and Correctional Centres are agents of the federal government and they should be able to harmonise and produce the suspect before court any day he is required.

According to him, since the NDLEA could not produce him before the court for the second time to defend himself , even when he was ready to face charges , he should be allowed to go home.

He ordered prison authority to immediately release him and allow him to go home since NDLEA has no case against him.


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