Twins used in drug pushing: Couple now in court, pleaded not guilty

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The twins with their stuffed dipers on the discovery.
The twins with their stuffed dipers on the discovery.

The drug courier couple who allegedly used  their twin children as  drugs carriers , have been arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos,  Lagos State.

Jimoh Oladega Bashiru and his wife, Jimoh Mulikat Adebukola are now facing a two-count criminal charge of drug dealing  filed before the court by anti drug Agency, the NDLEA.

According to the drug agency prosecutor, it was alleged that Bashiru and his wife on 28 March, this year, during the outward clearance of an Arik Airline flight to London at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, exported 3.350 kilogrammes of cocaine.

The accused couple was further alleged to have aided their children Jimoh Rahaman Taiwo Olabamiji and Jimoh Raheem Kehinde Olamide to export 350 grammes of cocaine.

Cocaine Mulikat-and-Oladega Jimoh after their arrest

They thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 14 (b) of the NDLEA Act.

The two accused couple pleaded not guilty to the charge and their counsel, Chief Lilian Omotunde, in an application for bail, urged the court to admit them to bail as they were ready to provide credible sureties.

In her ruling, the presiding judge, Justice Benedicta Molokwu, granted the accused couple bail in the sum of N3 million each with one surety, who should be a landed property owner and the title deed of the property, must be submitted for verification.

The family after their arrest in MarchJustice Molokwu further said the surety could also be a civil servant not less than grade level 10, adding that the details of such civil servant should be submitted for verification.

The case has been adjourned till 21October when the trial of the accused couple will commence.

On March 28 this year, eagle eyed anti -drug officials arrested the couple and on investigation discovered their children (the twins) underpants were stuffed with the dangerous drug estimated to attract substantial amount of money.

The couple were arrested as they were boarding an Air-craft bound for London.

The twins’ mother on search  had concealed a large amount of the substance in her underpants and was immediately arrested by men from Drug Enforcement Agency.

The main suspect according to sources at the Airport then was  the father of the twins who has been arrested and facing interrogation at Murtala Mohammed airport, Lagos Nigeria.

“Although the man was not found with any drugs, his wife and two children, who are twins aged six years, were found with cocaine hidden in their underwear,” an official of Nigeria’s Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA told AFP on the eve of their arrest.

The woman allegedly was carrying more than three kilograms (6.6 pounds) of cocaine while her children carried a total of around 700 grams, he said.

Narcotics agents detained the family as they were  about to board a London-bound Aircraft at Lagos’s Murtala Mohammed International airport on March 28.

NDLEA released the twins to other family members because they were minors and innocent while their parents had since been in detention