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Lagos socialite arraigned for drug trafficking

Mrs Arike Ogundipe, Drug Kingpin

Suspected drug kingpin and Lagos socialite, Mrs. Fumilola Arike, Ogbuaya a.k.a. Arike Fumilola Ogundipe, has been arraigned by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

She was arraigned on Thursday before Justice Hadiza Rabiu Shagari of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, in an amended charge No. FHC/L/124c/2017, the Federal Republic of Nigeria versus Omolara Odeyemi a.k.a. Ariyo Monsurat Olabisi and Fumilola Arike Oggbuaya a.k.a. Arike Fumilola Ogundipe.

The defendant, who is facing a three- count charge of conspiracy, aiding and procuring of substances found to be cocaine pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Justice Shagari in her ruling granted the accused bail application on the ground that the first defendant had been granted bail.

However, Ogbuaya was remanded in prison pending when she will perfect her bail conditions.

The case was also adjourned till June 28 and 29 for trial.

The accused was implicated in a case of unlawful exportation of 1.595kg of cocaine to Saudi Arabia in February this year.

Officers visited the woman’s Lagos residence on a follow-up operation but she was not at home.

The suspect also ignored invitations from NDLEA, requesting her to clear herself in the ongoing cocaine investigation.


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