Justice Joyce Abdulmaleek of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, has sentenced a 25-year-old drug trafficker, Fatai Lawal to three years in prison for unlawful dealing in Indian Hemp.
Abdulmaleek said that she convicted and sentenced Lawal based on the overwhelming evidence against him.
“In view of the overwhelming evidence before me, I am convinced that the convict is guilty as charged.
“Therefore, to serve as a warning to other would–be offenders, Fatai is sentenced to three years in prison.
“All the exhibits found in his possession are forfeited to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA),” the judge said.
Earlier, Counsel to the NDLEA in Oyo State, Mr Raphael Himinkaiye, had told the court that the convict was facing a one-count charge bordering on unlawful dealing in Indian hemp.
Himinkaiye further stated that Lawal committed the crime on April 12, 2017, in Ibadan.
He said that the convict was arrested in possession of a bag containing two kilogrammes of the illicit substance, which was tested to be Indian hemp.
The prosecutor said that the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 11(C) of the NDLEA Act Cap N30 Law of the Federation, 2004.