It was drama in court at the Federal High Court in Lagos Tuesday as the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), dragged a ‘dead man,” Uba Ubachukwu Collins, alongside three Bolivians and another Nigerian, for allowing a property in Satellite Town Lagos, to be used for the production of methamphetamine, a banned drug.
The second count against him was that he was also involved in the distribution of a controlled drug called Acetone.
When the charge was read, Collins lawyer, Mr Mackings Ezenya told the court that the accused was dead.
He sought to prove his demise with an affidavit deposed by him.
But the prosecutor, Mr. Abu Ibrahim, urged the court to discountenance the affidavit as it was not supported with any doctor’s report certifying that the accused person was dead.
Justice Oguntoyinbo ordered the lawyer to attach a death certificate from either government or private hospital indicating that the accused person was truly dead.
The offences alleged to have been committed by the convicts and the accused Nigerian collaborators are contrary to sections 20(1)(a), 12, 14(b), 20(1)(g) and 20(1)(f), and punishable under sections 20(2)(a), and 20(2)(b) of the National Drugs Laws Enforcement Agency Act, Cap. N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
The trial of the fourth accused person, Basil ikechukwu Uzoka, has been adjourned till 12 December 2016.