Man jailed five years for unlawful possession of hemp

March 4, 2024

0.9 min readCategories: Crime

 

 

By: Ade Phillips

 

In the Ibadan Division of the Federal High Court, Justice Udofot Akpan has sentenced Yusuf Mustapha, a 42-year-old transporter, to five years’ imprisonment.

 

Mustapha was found guilty of unlawful possession of 2.12kg of hemp. He admitted to the charge of unlawful dealing in illicit substances, leading to his conviction by Justice Akpan.

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) successfully presented evidence that proved Mustapha’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

 

The judge said the defendant was first arraigned on a count charge of bordering on illegal dealing with narcotic substances.

 

He said during the trial, NDLEA counsel, O.O. Olusola, told the court that the convict was arrested on January 24, this year, along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

 

The judge said he considered the convict’s plea of leniency as he was the first-time offender and reduced the sentence from the maximum years.

 

He warned the convict against engaging in illicit drug dealing again, as he might obtain the maximum prison sentence.

 

Akpan sentenced the convict to a five-year jail term to serve as a deterrent to others.

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