Court grants N2m bail to church General Overseer arrested with drugs at Lagos airport

On Friday, April 1, a Federal High Court in Lagos State granted Reverend Ekwem Emmanuel Ugochukwu, the founder and General Overseer of Christ Living Hope Church, bail in the amount of N2 million.

On Monday, March 7, 2022, operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, were said to have detained the priest with drugs at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport.

The pastor was apprehended with 54 cannabis sticks wrapped around his body while on his way to a crusade in Nairobi, Kenya.

The NDLEA charged the man with one count of illegally exporting the banned substance after his arrest. On March 29, he was first charged.

The charge reads: “That you Ekwem Emmanuel Ugochukwu, male, adult, on or about the 7th day of March 2022 during the outward clearance of passengers of Ethiopia Airlines flight to Kenya at screening 1, Departure Hall of Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja-Lagos, without lawful authority exported 40 grammes of Cannabis Sativa, a narcotic drug similar to Cocaine, Heroin, and LSD.”

In his ruling, the presiding judge, Justice Daniel Osiagor, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N2 million with one surety after his “not guilty” plea to a one-count charge and adjourned the trial to June 26.

Osiagor ruled that the surety must be a director in a Federal or Lagos State government establishment.

He, however, remanded the defendant in NCoS custody till the perfection of his bail conditions.

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