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Man earns 10-year jail sentence over illicit drug

gavelA FEDERAL High Court in Lagos yesterday sentenced a 30-year-old man, Adedeji Adeleye, to 10 years imprisonment for trafficking in 100 grammes of Indian hemp.

Adeleye, who lives at Ilori Bello Street, Ikeja, Lagos, pleaded guilty to the one-count charge preferred against him by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia sentenced the accused without any option of fine, but held that his conviction and sentence was in accordance with the provisions of Section 281 of the Criminal Procedure Act, Laws of the Federation, 2004. She held that the sentence would take effect from the day of arrest.

The convict was sentenced after the review of the facts of the case provided by the NDLEA prosecutor, Mr Orji Kalu. Kalu said Adeleye was arrested due to a petition written against him to the NDLEA by some landlords where he resided.

He, however, said the facts of the case was as provided by the charge sheet, adding that the convict was caught by some NDLEA operatives on November 26, 2014 at his residence.

He said the convict unlawfully dealt in 100 grammes of Indian hemp when he was caught. He said that the convict made a confessional statement during an investigation into the crime. He told the court that the substance found on the convict proved to be Indian hemp when it was tested at an NDLEA forensic laboratory.

The prosecutor also tendered the convict’s statement, the bulk of the drug and the drug analysis certificate and they were admitted as exhibits before the court. The convict, however, pleaded for leniency and told the court he would never indulge in such an illicit act again. The prosecutor told the court the offence contravened Section 11 (c) of the NDLEA Act, Cap N30, Laws of the Federation 2004.

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