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Man, 27, jailed for drug peddling

Posted: Apr 1, 2015 at 5:35 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tunde Opeseitan / By Correspondent, Lagos


A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday convicted and sentenced a 27-year-old man, Iliya Abdullahi, to two months imprisonment for illicit involvement in drug peddling.

Trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris handed down the verdict after Abdullahi confessed to being an end user and peddler of Indian hemp for about 19 years.

Abdullahi, who said he has five children, had pleaded for mercy after confessing to the crime, and promised not to either smoke or sell the banned substance anymore if pardoned.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) had charged the convict to court for being in unlawful possession of 400 grammes of canabis sativa, an illicit substance similar to cocaine.

The NDLEA prosecutor, Orji Kalu, who filed one count against him, said the convict was arrested on January 31, 2015 around 6pm at Bonnyway Transport Motor Park, Iddo, Lagos.

During the review of the facts of the case on Wednesday, Abdullahi told the judge that he was a labourer and used to peddle Indian hemp after work in the evening time to augment his income.

He said there was a particular man at Mile 12 market, whose name he did not give, who usually dispensed quantities of the substance to him to peddle.

Abdullahi said that on the particular day that he was apprehended, he was enroute Kano State with the Indian hemp.

The prosecutor (Kalu) said Abdullahi violated Section 11(c) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act, Cap N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and was liable to punishment under the same Act.

He said, “My Lord, in view of the guilty plea of the accused and all the exhibits tendered before the court, we pray the court to convict the accused as charged.”

However, counsel for Abdullahi, G.U. Okaka, urged the court to temper justice with mercy, saying the convict had no previous record of conviction.

In his personal plea, Abdullahi, who spoke in pidgin English, said he was beaten in the prison and had learnt his lesson and promised that if given a second chance, he would never go back to peddling drugs.