An Indian hemp suspect and the exhibits

Justice Joyce Abdulmaleek of the Federal High Court Ibadan, on Monday sentenced one Saheed Mudashiru to five years in prison for peddling 3.5 kg of Indian Hemp (Cannabis).

Abdulmaleek held that she convicted and sentenced Mudashiru based on the overwhelming evidence against him.

“To sustain the war against drug trafficking in the Nigerian society, this court has no option than to impose stiffer punishment on offenders to serve as deterrent to others.

“Therefore, Mudashiru is sentenced to five years in prison without any option of fine.

“The sentence however, starts from the date the convict was first arrested.

“The weed exhibit found with Mudashiru shall be destroyed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA),” the Judge said.

Earlier, Counsel to NDLEA, Oyo State Command, Mr Raphael Himinkaiye, had said that the convict was facing a one-count charge bordering on unlawful dealing in Indian Hemp.

Himinkaiye further informed the court that Mudashiru committed the crime on June 7, 2017, at Mokola Area of Ibadan, Oyo State.

According to the counsel, the convict was apprehended with a sack containing 3.5 kg of the illicit drug.

Himinkaiye told the court that the offence contravened Section 11 (C) of the NDLEA Act Cap N0 30 Law of the Federation, 2004.

The above stated Act prescribes a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for anyone found guilty.