Federal High Court sitting in Lagos State on Friday April 1, granted Ekwem Emmanuel Ugochukwu, a bail of ₦2m, after he was arrested by the NDLEA at the airport for being in procession of 40 grames of Cannabis Sativa.
Ekwem Emmanuel Ugochukwu, who is the the founder and General Overseer of Christ Living Hope Church, was arrested at Murtala Muhammed International Airport on Monday, March 7, 2022, while on his way to crusade in Nairobi, Kenya with 54 sticks of cannabis. wrapped around his body.
He was arrested and arraigned before Justice Daniel Osiagor, on March 29th 2022, on a one-count of unlawful export of the banned drug. 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, Justice Daniel Osiagor, granted the clergyman a bail in the sum of ₦2 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.