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GHANA: Nigerian Pastor In Court

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Nigerian Pastor, Stephen Emeka Anazodo who was arrested or possessing and attempting to smuggle 51 parcels of substances suspected to be Indian hempThe 38-year old Nigerian Pastor, Stephen Emeka Anazodo who was arrested recently by Customs, Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) officials at the Aflao border for possessing and attempting to smuggle out of the country 51 parcels of substances suspected to be Indian hemp, has been hauled before the Aflao Circuit Court.

Relating the facts of the case to the court presided over by Francis Obiri, the police prosecutor, Detective Sergeant Wuni, said the complainants in the case were customs officials stationed at the Aflao border whiles the accused, who is a Nigerian national, was a driver and also claimed to be a pastor.

According to the prosecutor, on November 5of this year, at about 6.00am, the accused arrived at the Aflao border from Accra en route to Lagos, Nigeria driving a vehicle with registration number BU 295 LSD, without passengers onboard.

The CEPS officers, who got suspicious because of the body language of the accused, decided to scan the vehicle but before they could do so, the accused confessed to them that he had concealed food meant for dogs within the compartments. The officials then asked him to bring the food out for inspection.

When Emeka brought out the ‘dog food,’ it was discovered to be 51 parcels of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp. He was therefore arrested and subsequently handed over to the Aflao Police, together with his vehicle and the substances for further investigations.

Emeka admitted to the offence to the police but however said the substances were for one Uche, a Nigerian based in Lagos who asked him to bring the parcels to him in Nigeria and had since been paid a fee of GH¢260. After listening to the case, the presiding judge, Francis Obiri, remanded him into prison custody to re-appear later.


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