2 men accused of smoking Indian hemp in public remanded in prison

AN Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun on Monday remanded one Adebayo Sunmbo, 22, and Ganiyu Okenla, 22, for allegedly smoking Indian hemp in public.

The Prosecutor, Olawale Odusina, alleged that the defendants committed the offence on June 28 at about 8:30 am at Oke-Ijan area of Ile-Ife.

Odusina said that the defendants also conducted themselves in a manner that caused a breach of public peace by allegedly smoking Indian hemp publicly.

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He said that the defendants had in their possession the substance suspected to be Indian hemp worth 1.20kg.

Odusina also alleged that the defendants were members of a secret society called Eiye Confraternity and were disturbing the peaceful atmosphere of Ile-Ife.

He said that the offence contravened Sections 62(A), 63 (B), 249(d) and 430 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge of smoking and possession of Indian hemp as well as being members of a secret society.

The Defence Counsel, Mr Akinkunmi Iyanda, applied for the bail of the defendants in the most liberal term, pledging that his clients would produce substantial sureties.

Magistrate Olukunle Owolawi, however, rejected the oral application for bail of the defendants and asked their counsel to provide a formal application.

Owolawi ordered the remand of the defendants in Ile-Ife prison.

The case was adjourned till July 15 for ruling on bail.

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