By Olawale Akinremi, Ibadan.
Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal High Court Ibadan on Friday sentenced a 25-year-old man, Adeyinka Ismail, to two years imprisonment for trafficking 49.9 kilograms of marijuana.
Agomoh held that she convicted and sentenced Ismail based on the evidence tendered against him.
She warned the convict to stay from crimes after completing his jail term because he might not be lucky again.
Agomoh bemoaned with sadness the spate of drug trafficking in the society and its negative effect on people’s wellbeing.
The judge said that she considered Ismail’s plea for leniency in sentencing him and the fact that he was a first-time offender.
“Therefore, the convict is sentenced to two years in prison, starting from the first date of his arrest.
“The NDLEA is directed to destroy the cannabis sativa found in his possession,” she ruled.
Counsel to the NDLEA, Mr D.O. Otunla, earlier said that the convict was arraigned on one-count charge bordering on unlawful dealing in narcotics.
He added that Ismail committed the crime on Jan. 18 at Labo-Jingede area of Ibadan, Oyo State.
Otunla said that NDLEA operatives arrested Ismail in possession of 49.9 kilograms of Indian Hemp, after receiving intelligence reports by vigilant residents of the area.
He said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 11(c) of the NDLEA Act, Cap. No. 30, Laws of the Federation 2004.