Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cocaine trafficking: Lagos socialite Arike Ogundipe pleads not guilty, gets bail

Cocaine trafficking: Lagos socialite Arike Ogundipe pleads not guilty, gets bail

The Suspected drug kingpin and Lagos socialite, Mrs Fumilola Arike Ogbuaya a.k.a. Arike Fumilola Ogundipe was arraigned by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on the order of Thursday,June 21, before Justice Hadiza Rabiu Shagari of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi Lagos in an amended case No. FHC/L/124c/2017, Federal Republic of Nigeria adjacent to Omolara Odeyemi a.k.a. Ariyo Monsurat Olabisi and Fumilola Arike Oggbuaya a.k.a. Arike Fumilola Ogundipe.

The defendant who is facing a three insert war of conspiracy, aiding and procuring of substances found to be cocaine pleaded not guilty to the entire three insert case.

The defence hint Barrister Onifade moreover applied for the bail of Mrs Fumilola assuring the court that she will be available for measures but the prosecuting hint, Barrister Abu Ibrahim strongly opposed the bail application. Abu presented a letter from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission stating that the defendant jumped bail in a conflict brought closely her by the commission.
Justice Shagari in her ruling settled her bail application re the arena that the first defendant, Omolara Odeyemi a.k.a. Ariyo Monsurat Olabisi had been chosen bail. The bail was granted in the sum of five million naira when two sureties in subsequently than quantity. Both sureties must be civil servants as regards grade level 14 within the jurisdiction of the court. Sureties to agree evidence of utilities as soon as water and lighthearted. The skirmish council was furthermore mandated to confirm the bail conditions.

She was however remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of the bail conditions. The battle was furthermore adjourned to June 28 and 29 2017 for events.
Mrs. Fumilola was implicated in a warfare of unlawful exportation of 1.595kg of cocaine to Saudi Arabia in February 2017 at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA).
Officers visited her Lagos blazing in description to a follow-taking place operation but she was not at home. The suspect as well as ignored credited invitation for several months from the Agency requesting her to supportive herself in the ongoing cocaine chemical analysis.
When all attempts to admit on her fruitless, she was avowed wanted. Few weeks higher, she presented herself by now the NDLEA for scrutiny.
The Agency had furthermore secured an the stage forfeiture order for several assets worth billions of naira traced to Mrs Fumilola. Besides, the Agency is on the go upon a firm forfeiture order upon the landed properties and assets traced to Mrs Fumilola Arike Ogbuaya a.k.a. Arike Fumilola Ogundipe in Lagos, Ogun and Osun States.
The assets put in Arike Plaza, some plots of house and buildings in strategic locations. The Lagos socialite who is a distributor of alcoholic drinks is needed by the NDLEA in an ongoing investigations. She hails from Ilesa, Osun State.
The NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (retd.) has expressed gigantic optimism when the build taking place totaling that there was plenty evidence to successfully prosecute Mrs Fumilola.

"I am glad with the arraignment and I am confident that the defendant will be diligently and successfully prosecuted. There is enough evidence to win the case because we have done a detailed investigation" Abdallah stated.

 The NDLEA boss assured members of the public that justice will be served at the halt of the day.

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