The Federal High Court in Lagos Thursday authorised the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to detain a Lagos-based billionaire, Nsofor Kennedy Ugochukwu aka Ugochukwu Nsofor Chukwukadibia, for an initial 14 days pending the conclusion of the investigation for alleged drug trafficking.
Justice Akintoye Aluko made the order following an ex parte application by the NDLEA prosecutor, Mr. Umar Hussain.
The agency backed its application with an affidavit in support of the motion ex parte deposed to by a litigation officer attached to the Directorate of Prosecution and Legal Services at the NDLEA, Kareem Olayinka Musibau.
The affidavit averred that the suspect was arrested at Plot-2-130, Road 67 VGC Housing Estate along Epe Express Way in Lagos on September 30, 2022, in connection with the seizure of 10,598 kilogrammes of Tramadol, while dealing and conspiring to distribute same to his associates in Nigeria and abroad.
“That the Respondent is an illicit drug baron operating a drug trafficking organisation in collaboration with his associates in Nigeria and other parts of the world.