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Disabled jailed for drug trafficking

LAGOS — Justice Musa Kurya of a Federal High Court, Lagos, Wednesday, sentenced a 34-year old disabled, Wale Arowolo, to six months imprisonment for drug trafficking.

The judge sentenced the accused after he pleaded guilty to a one-count charge of dealing in a restricted narcotic, cannabis sativa.

Arowolo, who was previously arraigned early in May, had pleaded not guilty during his arraignment.

The judge had granted him bail, but since he could not provide any surety to perfect his bail, the court ordered that he be remanded at the Ikoyi prisons and adjourned the case for trial.

When the case was mentioned, yesterday, counsel to the accused, Mr C.D Obaye, informed the court that the accused wished to change his plea.

He said the accused who had been in custody since his arrest on July 3, 2012, said he now wished to face the law by pleading guilty, since he equally could not provide a surety.

Justice Kurya then ordered that the charge be read over to the accused again for his plea to be taken.

The accused pleaded guilty and the judge ordered the prosecutor, Mr J.I Igunbor, to review the facts, in order to save the time of the court.

The judge in his judgment, sentenced the accused to six months imprisonment.

“The accused is hereby convicted as charged, and is accordingly sentenced to six months imprisonment, which will start running from July 3, 2012, when he was arrested” Kurya ruled.

The judge also adviced the accused to sin no more, as the sentence of the court was to serve as a deterrent to him.

NAN recalls that the prosecutor had told the court that the accused was arrested under the bridge leading Onikan, near Dodan barracks.

He said about 500 grammes of cannabis sativa was recovered from the accused who sold same to some touts in the viccinity.

According to the prosecutor, the accused attempted to run when he sighted officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, but had left one of his crutches behind, and so, the officials caught up with him.

He said the offence contravened the provisions of section 11 (c) of the NDLEA Act, 2004, and attracts a penalty of life imprisonment upon conviction.



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