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Man caught with 3.3 kg of cannabis bags 16-month imprisonment

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Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Justice Joyce Abdulmaleek of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, on Monday, sentenced a 45-year old man, Hakeem Saka, to 16 months in a correctional center for unlawful possession of 3.3 Kilograms of Indian hemp.

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In her judgment, Mrs Abdulmaleek held that the evidence before the court was overwhelming and uncontroverted, hence, the guilty verdict.

The Judge also ordered the National Drug Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, to destroy the Indian Hemp found in the convict’s possession.

“It is my hope that this would serve as a warning to others thinking about engaging in drug dealing that there is a penalty for the crime.

“Therefore, Saka is sentenced to 16 months in prison,” the Judge said.

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Earlier, NDLEA’s counsel, Raphael Himinkaiye had said that the defendant was arraigned on one-count charge bordering on unlawful dealing in Cannabis.

Mr Himinkaiye told the court that the defendant committed the crime on March 3, at Egbeda, a suburb of Ibadan, Oyo State.

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He had alleged that NDLEA’s operatives arrested the defendant with concealed 3.3 kg of Indian hemp in a sack.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 11 (C ) of the NDLEA Act Cap N30 of the Law of the Federation 2004.


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