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NDLEA Arraigns Six For Dealing In Marijuana

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NDLEA Arraigns Six For Dealing In Marijuana

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on Monday arraigned six men for being in possession of cannabis sativa, popularly called marijuana, without lawful authority.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on Monday arraigned six men for being in possession of cannabis sativa, popularly called marijuana, without lawful authority.

The accused persons, the agency said, were arrested last month in various parts of the Lagos metropolis.

Each of the six men was arraigned on one count of the offence before Justice Babs Kuewumi of the Federal High Court in Lagos.

They were 20-year-old Muyideen Olanrenwaju, who was caught with 1.9 kilogrammes of marijuana on June 10, 2016 at Odo-Eran Market, along Cele Expressway; 28-year-old Olaiya Nurudeen, who was caught in possession of 1kg of marijuana at Masa Masa on June 6, 2016 and Ikechukwu Ojuogwu, who was caught at Katangua Market in the Abule Egba area of Lagos with 1.4kg of the same illicit substance on June 8, 2016.

Others were Wale Emmanuel, 21, who was also caught at Katangua Market, Abule Egba with 200 grammes of marijuana on June 8, 2016; Abubakar Usman, 21, who was found with 700g of marijuana on June 6, 2016 and Ahmed Idris, 24, who was apprehended by NDLEA operatives on June 4, 2016 in possession of 900kg of Canabis at Apapa, Lagos.

The NDLEA prosecutor, Mr. J.I. Aernan, told the judge that the accused persons violated Section 11 (c) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and were liable to being punished under the law.

When the charge was read to them separately on Monday, all the accused persons, who appeared in court without any lawyer, readily pleaded guilty to the offence and begged the judge to temper justice with mercy.

Following their guilty plea, Aernan urged the court to grant him an adjournment for the purpose of reviewing the facts of the case and furnishing the court with evidence against the accused persons.

“My Lord, we also pray that the accused persons should be remanded in prison custody pending the adjourned date,” the prosecutor added.

Justice Kuewumi adjourned the cases to September 8 and 9, 2016, for review of the facts of the cases and possible sentencing of the accused persons.

He ordered the prison remand of the six accused persons pending the adjourned date.

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