Man to spend 6 months in jail for displaying, smoking Indian hemp

Posted by Nofisat Marindoti, Osogbo | 28 March 2017 | 1,556 times

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A 41-year-old man, Waidi Adelabu, has been sentenced to six months imprisonment by an Osogbo Magistrate Court for displaying and smoking publicly, wraps of Indian hemp also known as cannabis sativa.

Police prosecutor Elisha Olusegun told the court that the accused person publicly displayed the hemp around Oke-baale, Osogbo, in a manner likely to cause breach of public peace.

He said Adelabu also had in his possession, two other wraps of Indian hemp when he was arrested sometimes in February 2017.

He added that the offence committed by Adelabu is contrary to and punishable under sections 249(d) and 430(1) of the Criminal Code cap 34, volume II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002.

When his charges were read to him, the accused person pleaded guilty.

His counsel, Mr Kazeem Badmus, appealed to the court to be lenient in its judgment as the accused person deeply regrets his action and has no previous criminal record.

In his ruling, the magistrate of the court, Mr Olusola Aluko, sentenced the accused person to six months imprisonment or a fine option of N10,000.

The accused person was however able to pay the fine option after some hours and so was discharged of the case.

Source: News Express

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