Court Sentences Man To 2Years Imprisonment For Smoking Indian Hemp


A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Thursday sentenced one Monday Obi in his late 50s to two years imprisonment for dealing in Indian Hemp otherwise called Cannabis Sativa.

The convict, Monday Obi, pleaded guilty to the two count charge and the prosecutor, from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Mrs Juliana Imaobong Ikoabuchi ask the court to convict Obi as charged consequent upon which the fact of the case was reviewed.

While sentencing the convict, Justice Ayokunle Faji said Obi who had earlier been arrested, but was released after warning was given a second chance to repent, but refused to change.

The trial judge in hisudgement said a strong message must be sent out there for the type of punishment that awaits the likes of Obi that crime does not pay.

Justice Faji said the violent crime in our society which has continued to be on the increase and constitute great danger to the public can be linked to hard drug, adding that what more, the convict was arrested on Queens Drive, Ikoyi, Lagos close to the Federal High Court.

Obi  was said to have started smoking at the age of 36 and later abandoned his family due to drug addiction.

In the two count charge filed before the court by Theresa Asuquo counsel from NDLEA, Monday Obi was said to have on the 19th of January, 2018 at Queen’s Drive, Ikoyi, Lagos unlawfully dealt in 240 grammes of cannabis sativa, a drug similar to cocaine , Heroin and LSD and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 11 (c,) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act, Cap 30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

Count two of the charge reads: that you Monday Obi on or about 12th day of January 2019 at the same place without  lawful authority dealt in 300 grammes of cannabis sativa otherwise called Indian Hemp thereby committed an offence punishable under the same law.


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