Justice Chika Obiozor of the Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday convicted and sentenced a 38 year-old drugs peddler, Rasheed Adekunle, to three years imprisonment, for unlawful dealing in Cannabis Sativa, popularly called Marijuana.
Justice Obiozor, who is also a professor of law, handed down the verdict after Adekunle pleaded guilty to a one count charge of unlawful dealing in in the banned weed brought against him by the National Drugs Laws and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
While reviewing the fact of the case, the prosecutor, Jeremiah Aernan, told the court that the convict was arrested by operatives of the agency on August 17, 2016, at Two Boys House, Iba Road, Ajah, Lagos, with 2.1 kilograms of Cannabis Sativa, a narcotic similar to Cocaine, Heroine, and other controlled drugs, which he was not permitted to carry by law.
Aernan also told the court that the convict’s crime is contrary and punishable under Section 11(c) of the National Drugs Laws and Enforcement Agency Act, Cap N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
The NDLEA’s lawyer after reviewing the facts of the case, urged the court to convict and sentence the drug dealer accordingly.
But the convict in his allocutor, pleaded with the court to tamper Justice with mercy while promising not to trade in the banned weed or any other hard drugs again if given second change.
Justice Obiozor, in sentencing the convict after listened to the reviewed of the facts as well as the convict’s leniency plea, sentenced the him to three years imprisonment.
The judge also held that the three jail-term will commences from August 17, 2016, when he was arrested.
The court further ordered that the seized drugs be destroyed by the NDLEA if the the convict fails to Appeal against the judgement.