A Nigerian national David Annihu was yesterday arraigned before Magistrate Komba Kamanda of the Freetown court No 2 to answer to two count charges of conspiracy to traffick cocaine and trafficking of 3.16kg of cocaine at the Freetown Lungi Airport on April 11 2008.
Addressing the court, the Acting Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Oladipo Robin Mason said that he is opposing bail for the accused person.
He explained to the court that the accused was apprehended with the cocaine whist he was about to leave the country at the Lungi Airport and if he is granted bail he will jump bail and escape.
Replying to this, defense counsel for the accused led by Osho Williams said that, the accused was re-arrested and brought in for the same case with the same fact.
He informed the court that if their client is granted bail he will not jump bail and that they have credible sureties to fulfill the bail conditions.
Lawyer Williams pointed out that if the accused is granted bail he will present himself in court anytime the matter is called upon.
However, upon hearing from both counsels, Magistrate Kamanda ruled in favor of the DPP applications and the accused was refused bail and remanded at the Pademba Road Prisons.
The matter was adjourned for today.
It will be recalled on 7th July 2008 the accused pleaded guilty on the charges of attempting to smuggle 3.16Kg of cocaine abroad. He was fined 3,000,000 Leones (three million Leones) or an alternate jail term of 10 years imprisonment by Justice Samuel Ademusu of the Freetown High Court.
David Annihu adhered to the court order by paying the fine.