Youth Jailed For Selling Marijuana

A 19 year-old youth, Sabiu Musa, has been convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment, by a Federal High Court, Lagos, for trafficking in 100 grams of Cannabis Sativa, popularly called marijuana.

The court presided over by Justice Cecilia Mojisola Olatoregun, passed the two years jail term on the convict, on Friday, after the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), had reviewed the fact of the crime against him.

In reviewing the facts of the case, the prosecutor, Mr. Jerry Aernan, informed the court that the convict was arrested by the operative of NDLEA, on October 24, 2017, on Owo street, Marcas area of Agege, while unlawfully possessed the said banned weed, weighing 100 grams.

Aernan told the court that the convict admitted being the owner of the said weed. Adding that upon conducting forensic test on the weed, it proof to be prohibited Cannabis Sativa.

To proof his case against the convict, the prosecutor tendered the prohibited weed, the report of the forensic test, confessional statement of the convict and some others as exhibits, which were admitted by the court.

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Upon completion of the review of the fact of the case, the prosecutor urges the court to pronounce the convict guilty as charge, and accordingly sentence him.

The convict, who did not engage any lawyer to defend him, pleaded with the court, to have mercy on him, and promised not to engage in the act if give the opportunity.

He also begged the court to tamper justice with mercy in sentencing him.

After listening to the plea of the convict, the presiding judge, Justice Olatoregun, sentenced him to two years jail term with hard labour.

The judge however, gave the convict an option of N2 million, as alternative to the jail term.

The 19 years old convict, Sabiu Musa, was first arraigned before the court on November 27, 2017, on a count charge of unlawful possession of 100 grams of Cannabis Sativa, a narcotic drug similar to Cocaine, Heroin and LSD.

The offence, according to NDLEA, is contrary to and punishable under Section 11(C) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act, Cap N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

The convict had pleaded guilty to the charge when he was first arraigned.

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