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Court sentences man to 5 years imprisonment for unlawful possession of narcotic drugs

Abuja – The Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday sentenced a 35-year-old man, Mohammed Nasiru, to five years imprisonment for unlawful possession of narcotic drugs weighing 2.3kg.

Nasiru of Fruit Market, Zuba, was first arraigned on Sept. 28, on a one-count charge of unlawful possession of narcotic drugs, cannabis, similar to cocaine weighing 2.3kg, which he had pleaded guilty.

In his judgement, Justice Okon Abang, decried the absence of the defence counsel, Mr James Ameh, who excused himself from the court having participated at the time the convict was arraigned.

“Where no excuse is offered, no indulgence should be granted,” he added.

Okon, did not give Nasiru an option of fine, holding that the offence contravened Section 11 (c) of the NDLEA Act.

He ordered that the drug recovered be destroyed.

The prosecuting counsel, Mike Kassa, prayed the court to acknowledge the drug analysis test 2.3kg of cannabis concealed in a black Polythene bag and other relevant documents, including the defendants’ statement translated into English.

Mike, however, asked the court to proceed with it’s judgment having admitted the evidences which was tagged exhibit A1 to A8.

The convict, who was unrepresented at the time of Judgment, acknowledged his crimes and begged the court to tamper justice with mercy for the sake of his family with a promise not to return to the crime.


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