Okada Operator Bags 18 Months Imprisonment For Selling Indian Hemp

A Federal High Court, Lagos on Monday, sentenced a 28-years-old Man, Osama Usman, to a term of one and half years imprisonment, for unlawful dealing in Marijuana, popularly called Indian Hemps.

The convicted motorcycle rider, was charged before Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo’s court, by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on a one count charge of trafficking Hemp.

Usman pleaded guilty to the offence.

After his plea, the prosecutor, Mr. Jeremiah Aernan reviewed the facts of the case before the court and led one prosecution witness in evidence.

Aernan also tendered some documents in evidence before the court include a written statement of the accused, a request for scientific aid form, and a bulk of the exhibit.

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Aernan, thereafter, closed the case for the prosecution, and urged the court to sentence the accused in accordance with section 356 (2) of the ACJA 2015, and based on evidences adduced.

In her judgment, Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo found the accused person guilty as charged and accordingly, convicted him.

Before his sentence, the convict who was not represented by a lawyer, begged the court to show mercy on him and give a second chance to make amend.

He promised never to make same mistake in the future.

Reading the sentence afterwards, Oguntoyinbo held that from the wordings of the charge, it is clear that the convict is 28 years old, adding that he deserves another chance to become useful to the society.

“The convict is hereby, sentenced to one and half legal years of imprisonment, to be calculated from the date of his arrest.

“The drug exhibit are to be returned to the NDLEA for destruction,” she held

The judge added that the convict should go back to his hometown and be useful.

In the charge, the prosecution said that the convict was arrested on Aug. 17, 2017, at Alaba- Rago Market in Ojo, Lagos with 200 grams of the narcotics.

The offence contravenes the provisions of section 11 ( c) of the NDLEA Act, Cap N30, Laws of the Federation, 2004.

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