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Man bags 12 years jail term for being in possession of hemp
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday, has sentenced Frederick Aghedo, 28, to four years imprisonment for dealing in Indian hemp (cannabis sativa). Justice Saliu Saidu convicted and sentenced Aghedo after he pleaded guilty to a charge of trafficking in drugs.
The offence of drug trafficking attracts life imprisonment the judge however, said he was lenient because Aghedo was a first time offender.
“I have considered the facts before me particularly that the accused is a first offender, however, the court cannot close its eyes to the harmful effects of drugs in the society.
“The accused is hereby sentenced to four years imprisonment, beginning from the date of his arrest,’’ he held.
Saidu ordered that the drug should be handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for destruction. Earlier, the prosecutor Aliyu Abubakar told the court that the convict committed the offence on June 21, 2015.
He said that the convict was arrested with the 9kg of hemp at the Idiroko area of Lagos by NDLEA officials. He said the offence contravenes the provisions of Section 11 (c) of the NDLEA Act, Cap 30 Laws of the Federation, 2004.
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