A Federal High Court in Kano is set to commence the trial of a 30-year old woman, who was caught while allegedly planting cocaine in a pastor’s house by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
The accused, Mrs. Joy Ogundare, will appear before Honorable Justice Zainab Abubakar on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016.
According to the NDLEA Kano State Commander, Mr. Hamza Umar, preliminary investigation revealed that the accused, who lives in the same compound with Pastor Richard Ekene, was caught while allegedly planting 2.2 grams of substances suspected to be cocaine in the pastor’s apartment.
“She is paying for the evil she committed”, he said.
He said the accused, in her statement, explained that she wanted to implicate Pastor Ekene because of the misunderstanding between them.
“I am not in good terms with Pastor Richard. We even have a pending case at the Magistrate’s Court here in Kano. That was why I wanted to plant cocaine in his apartment to implicate him but I was caught in the process by NDLEA Officers”, she was alleged to have stated.
NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (Retd.), who assured that the case will be diligently prosecuted, added that the Agency will continue to uphold the rule of law.
“The Agency respects the rule of law and will remain meticulous in its operations. We are pursuing this case to a logical conclusion. Everything possible will be done to prevent the innocent from being punished while the guilty will never escape justice” Abdallah stated.