Man Sentenced to Five Years Imprisonment for Unlawful Possession of Narcotics

A 35-year-old man has been sentenced to five years imprisonment without an option of fine for been in possession of narcotics.
An Abuja Federal High Court while sentencing Mohammed Nasiru of Fruit Market, Zuba, Abuja, on Tuesday, said he was found guilty on a one count charge of unlawful possession of narcotic drugs, cannabis, cocaine, weighing 2.3kg on June, 26, 2016.
Nasiru was arraigned before Justice Okon Abang on Sep 28 where he pleaded guilty to the crime in a suit no FHC/ABJ/CR/78/16.
The court admitted in evidence in favour of the prosecution counsel, Mike Kassa (ESQ) who prayed the court to acknowledge the drug analysis test, 2.3kg of cannabis concealed in a black Polythene bag, and other relevant documents including the defendant’s statement translated into English.
Mike however asked the court to proceed to judgment having admitted the evidences which was tagged exhibit A1 to A8.
The defendant who was unrepresented at the time of judgment, acknowledged his crimes and pleaded that justice be tampered with mercy for the sake of his family, with a promise to turn a new leave.
In his judgement, Justice Abang frowned at the absence of the defence counsel, Barr J.A Amed who exempted himself from the court having participated at the time the defendant was arraigned. “Where no excuse is offered, no indulgence should be granted”, he added.
He however sentenced Nasiru to five years imprisonment without an option of fine having contravened Section 11 (c) of the NDLA Act and asked for the destruction of the drugs.

Author: News Editor

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