The Convict, Stanley, Being Led Out Of Court By NDLEA Operative

A Nigerian, Stanley Obinna Nwora, who recently returned to from United States of America (USA), was today, convicted by a Lagos Federal High Court, for unlawful importation and possession of Indian hemp.

Stanley had pleaded guilty to the charges when he was arraigned before the court presided over by Justice Akintayo Aluko, on June 18, but the prosecution was unable to review the facts of the offence due to indisposed of the exhibits keeper.

Consequently, Justice Aluko deferred till today for review of the facts of the offences and sentence of the convict.

in reviewing the facts of the offences, the prosecutor, Mr. Umar Hussain, told the court that the convict, a resident of 6, Moses Ebitu, SPG Road Ologolo, Lekki, Lagos, was arrested with 543 grams of Cannabis Sativa popularly called marijuana, on May 17, 2023.

He told the court that the offences which the convict charges with contravened Sections 11(a) 19 of the NDLEA Act Cap. N30 Laws of the Federation, 2004 (as Amended).

The prosecutor also called a witness, Mr. Moses Dogo, an operative in the agency, who tendered all exhibits in the matter.

Upon admitting the exhibits, the prosecutor urged the court to sentence  the convict in accordance with the sections of the NDLEA Act he was charged with.

But the convict’s counsel, Chief Benson Ndakara, in his allucutor, pleaded with the court to tamper justice with mercy in sentencing his client, as he is a first time convict, without any record of previous conviction.

Ndakara also told the court that his client was a victim of circumstances, who was deceived by friends, to collect a parcel which he did not know the content.

Justice Aluko after taking arguments of counsel, sentenced the convict to one year in each of the counts, adding that the time of the sentence shall run concurrently.

The lawyer urged the court to consider none custodian sentence for his client and option of fine in lieu of jail terms.

The judge however ordered the convict to pay the sum of N300, 000, in lieu of the jail-term.