On Friday, April 1, a Federal High Court in Lagos State granted Reverend Ekwem Emmanuel Ugochukwu, the founder and General Overseer of Christ Living Hope Church, bail in the amount of N2 million.
On Monday, March 7, 2022, operatives from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, or NDLEA, detained the cleric with drugs at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, according to Shauntv.
The pastor was apprehended with 54 cannabis sticks wrapped around his body while on his way to a crusade in Nairobi, Kenya.
The NDLEA charged the man with one count of illegally exporting the banned substance after his arrest. On March 29, he was first charged.
“That you Ekwem Emmanuel Ugochukwu, male, adult, without lawful authority exported 40 grammes of Cannabis Sativa, a narcotic drug similar to Cocaine, Heroin, and LSD, on or about the 7th day of March 2022 during the outward clearance of passengers of Ethiopia Airlines flight to Kenya at screening 1, Departure Hall of Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja-Lagos, during the outward clearance of passengers of Ethiopia Airlines flight
After the defendant’s “not guilty” plea to a one-count charge, the presiding judge, Justice Daniel Osiagor, granted him bail in the sum of N2 million with one surety and delayed the trial until June 26.
The surety must be a director in a Federal or Lagos State government organization, according to Osiagor.
He did, however, detain the defendant in NCoS custody until his bail requirements were met.