Nigerian Prohpet Julius Issac Amata has appeared in the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court on two charges of trafficking in psychotropic substances.
Amata, who is being represented by lawyer and MP for Kabwe central, Tutwa Ngulube, denied both charges.
The 42-year-old took plea before magistrate Brian Simachela.
The prophet was arrested on January 25, 2018 by the Drug Enforcement Commission for trafficking in Ephedrine.
Amata, a Prophet of Delta Ibu State in Nigeria is alleged to have been trafficking in 26.29kg of Ephedrine.
In count two, the prophet is charged with importation of psychotropic substances.
He is alleged to have imported psychotropic substances namely 26.29 kilograms of ephedrine without lawful authoriry.
The matter comes up on February 8, 2018 for trial.
A handful of Prophet Amata’s relatives and church members thronged to court for solidarity.
The accused was apprehended at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport upon arrival from Nigeria aboard a South African Airways flight.