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Sierra Leone News: Le800m bail for alleged Nigerian drug importer

Between 1 September 2017 and 29 June 2018, a Nigerian businessman living in Mozambique, Stanley Oluchi Ozoho, allegedly imported five kilograms of heroin from Mozambique to Sierra Leone.
He was arrested at the Freetown International Airport after authorities found the heroin wrapped in brown envelops and concealed in a brown suitcase. He was later charged with four counts of Importation of Prohibited Drugs and one count of Unlawful Possession of Prohibited Drugs all contrary to the National Drug Control Act 2008. Four witnesses testified against the accused at the Siaka Stevens Street Magistrate Court in Freetown.
On Friday 31 August 2018, Magistrate Santigie Bangura committed the matter for trial at the High Court. Prior to the committal, the Magistrate noted that the accused had admitted in his statement to the police that he was contracted to bring the drugs into the country in exchange for $1,500 USD. Magistrate Bangura concluded that based on the evidence before him he was convinced that the accused has a case to answer at the High Court.
Ozoho’s counsel, Lamin Kamara, pleaded with the Magistrate to admit the accused to bail stating that he has credible Sierra Leoneans to stand as his sureties. Although the prosecutor, ASP Eric Deen objected to the application, the Magistrate granted the accused bail. In addition to the Le800 million bail, he should have two sureties who are responsible citizens and are gainfully employed. EBD/1/9/18
By Edna Browne-Dauphine
Monday September 03, 2018.

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