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Two Nigerian nationals who are believed to be exporting cocaine with the help of some Ghanaian collaborators were yesterday dragged before an Accra Circuit Court.

The suspects, David Kalu Okoro and Samuel Eloka Okeke, both businessmen, reportedly had the suspected narcotic substance in three bags found their home when police arrived.

They were put before a court presided over by Francis Obiri and charged with conspiracy to commit crime and undertaking prohibited business relating to narcotic drugs.

The accused persons have pleaded not guilty and have been remanded in police custody to reappear on November 25, 2013.

Presenting the facts of the case, the prosecuting officer, DSP Aidan Dery, told the court that on October 11, 2013 at about 9:30 pm intelligence received by the police indicated that some Nigerians were engaging in narcotic related activities at their residence.

According to him, the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) dispatched a team to the residence of Okoro who was with some other Nigerians he claimed were his visitors.

The police prosecutor noted that during a search in his house, the team found two bags of whitish substances believed to be cocaine with two bottles of liquid substance believed to be used in the facilitation of the narcotic business.

Furthermore, the prosecutor said investigations revealed that the first accused distributed the drugs on behalf of Okeke who is said to be the leader of their team in Ghana.

He said when Okeke heard that Okoro had been arrested at Dodowa, he run to the Eastern Region where he hid for months with two others till he was arrested on November 11, 2013.

Explaining further, the DSP noted that Okeke admitted during investigations that Okoro was his errand boy and said it was he who authorized Okoro to drive his visitors around town in his Dodge Magnum saloon car with registration number GR7475-12.

The prosecutor further noted that Okeke said he could not drive the suspects because he was fasting but denied knowledge of the suspected narcotics found in the house of Okoro.

The prosecutor said the substance has been forwarded to the Ghana Standards Board for analytical examination.

In addition, he said the suspects are believed to be operating with the help of some Ghanaian collaborators who he said the police were hunting for.

By Fidelia Achama

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