High Priest Nnodu Azuka Kenrick
By Our Reporter
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Friday, arraigned High Priest Nnodu Azuka Kenrick, the founder and General Overseer of Seraphic and Sabbath Assembly, Lagos, and two others before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, for unlawful export of 14.90 kilograms of Cannabis Sativa and 204 Grams of Methamphetamine.
Others arraigned alongside High Priest Nnodu were Udezuka Udoka and Oyoyo Mary Obasi.
The High Priest and his co-defendants were arraigned before Justice Akintayo Aluko on a count-charge of conspiracy, unlawful possession of the hard drugs.
While the High Priest was arraigned on four count-charge of conspiracy, unlawful export of the drugs and procuring both Udoka and Oyoyo to unlawfully export the drugs. Udoka and Oyoyo were arraigned on all the count charge of conspiracy, unlawful export of the drug
The prosecutor, Mr. Abu Ibrahim, while arraigning all the defendants, to the court that they committed the offences with one Chisom, now at large, on February 9, 2023.
Mr. Ibrahim told the court that all the defendants were arrested with the drugs at the NAHCO Export Shed, a Customs Point of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja-Lagos.
He told the court that the offences committed by all the defendants, contravened sections 14 (b); 21 (2)(d) and 20 (1)(a) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap. N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and punishable under Sections 11 (b) and 20(2)(a) of the same Act.
All the defendants pleaded guilty to the charges.
Following their guilty plea, the prosecutor after reviewing the fact of the matter, through an Exhibit keeper, Fredrick Atoni, urged the court to convict and sentence the defendants in accordance with the sections of the NDLEA Act they were charged with.
But the defendants’ lawyer, Chief Benson Ndakara, expressed rude shock over the defendants’ guilty plea, saying that he was taken by surprise with their change of mind, after dissipating extra energy and time to prepare and filed their various bail applications.
Chief Ndakara however, pleaded with the court to tamper justice with mercy in sentencing the defendants, on the ground that they are first time offenders without any record of previous conviction.
Justice Aluko after taking submissions of parties convicted all the defendants as charged, while he ordered that they be remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS) till when he will pronounce their sentence on the charge.