Court Orders Destruction of Seized Indian Hemp, Cocaine

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Andy Esiet

The Federal High Court in Calabar has ordered the burning of all cocaine, heroin and canabis sativa seized from convicted persons in the state in the past 11 years.

The cocaine and heroine have a combined weight of 6.3kg while the two sets of canabis sativa has a combined weight of  4.2 tons seized by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) from convicts prosecuted at the court by the Cross River State Command between 2006 and 2017.

The first set of canabis weighs 2.3 tons while the second set which is the abandoned seizure weighs 1.9 tons.

The Judge, Justice Inyang E. Ekwo issued the order yesterday in court following the motion experte by the command dated January 15 and filed on January 16 upon reading the affidavit in support of the motion sworn to by one Saturday Akpan of the NDLEA.

After hearing counsel for the prosecution, Mr E. C. Ordiah, the judge, Justice Ekwo gave an order “for forfeiture and leave to destroy by burning in a public place all the cocaine, heroin…canabis seized from convicts prosecuted at the Federal High Court, Calabar”.

He alos ordered by burning in public place another set of canabis “seized as abandoned seizure by the command from 2006 to August 2017”.

However no date and venue has been determined in the order for the public burning of the exhibits marked NDLEA 1, 2 and 3.

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