Monday, 8 May 2017

Motorcyclist gets six months jail term for drug possession

The Federal High Court, Abuja on sentenced one Henry Sunday to six months in prison for being in possession of 250 grammes of Cannabis Sativa, commonly known as Indian Hemp.

Sunday was arrested in last February by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

He had pleaded guilty to the offence when he was arraigned before Justice Abdul Kafarati in March.

Upon review of the facts of the case on Monday, the judge pronounced him guilty as charged and sentenced him to six months in prison.

He said the sentence was to commence from the day Sunday was arrested.

Kafarati said that the sentence was in view of the quantity of the drugs found on the convict.

Sunday, who told court that he was married with two children, pleaded with the judge to temper justice with mercy in his sentencing.

He said that he regretted his action, pleading that he would never involve himself in drugs again.

The Prosecutor, Mr Mike Kassa, had urged the court to, in view of the defendant’s guilty plea, convict him as charge.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Kassa had previously told court that the amount of hard drugs being peddled on the streets of Abuja was alarming.

He urged the court to give sentences to convicts that would serve as deterrent to other people planning to commit similar offences.

(The Nation)

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