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Published On: Fri, Apr 11th, 2014

Drug: Electrician, 22, bags 3 weeks imprisonment in NDLEA rehabilitation centre

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, on Friday, sentenced a 22-year-old apprentice electrician, Sherifu Odejayi, to three weeks rehabilitation, for trafficking in hard drugs.

Justice Saliu Sa’idu sentenced him after he pleaded guilty to the charge of being found in possession of 400 grammes of Indian hemp.

Sa’idu said the convict should be kept at the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) rehabilitation centre and that the drug exhibits should be destroyed after the three weeks.

The judge said that the convict was sentenced after a review of the facts of the case, as provided by the prosecutor, Mr. Orji Kalu, an officer of NDLEA.

He said that the convict was a first time offender, a young man, therefore, needed to be corrected to become a better person for the society as he had shown remorse.

During the review of the case, the prosecutor told the court that Sherifu was caught by the NDLEA patrol officers, unlawfully in possession of 400 grammes of Indian hemp.

Kalu tendered the bulk of the drug, certificate of drug analysis and the confessional statement of the accused to the court and they were admitted in evidence.

The prosecutor told the court that the accused committed the offence on Feb. 13 at Agunfoye Street, Ikorodu, Lagos.

He said that the offence committed by the accused contravened sections of the NDLEA Law.

The accused had pleaded guilty and begged for leniency as a first offender. (NAN)


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