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Magistrate orders driver to sweep court premises for stealing

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My clients smoke hemp to ward off evil spirit, counsel tells court

A Wuse Zone Six Chief Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, yesterday ordered a 35-year-old driver, Ahmed Danladi, to sweep the court premises for two days for stealing.

The police charged Danladi, of No. 44 Oran Street, Wuse Zone One, Abuja with a count of theft by servant.

The Chief Magistrate, Omolola Akindele, ordered that the convict report to the court for two days to sweep the premises after he pleaded guilty to the offence without the option of fine.

Earlier the prosecution counsel, ASP Peter Ejike, told the court that the complainant, Samuel Joseph of the same address, reported the matter at Wuse Zone Three Police Divisional Headquarters on Sept. 1.

Ejike further said that the convict, working as a driver to Joseph’s boss on the same date stole a cleaning machine, whose value was yet unknown and attempted to pass it to a scavenger over the fence.

The prosecutor said during the police investigation, the convict confessed to committing the offence. He said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 289 of the Penal Code Law.

MEANWHILE, a counsel, Tunbosun Oladipupo, defending three suspected Indian hemp smokers on Wednesday told Magistrate J. Omisade of an Osogbo Magistrates’ Court, Osun State that his clients were smoking the substance to ward off evil spirit.

He also disclosed that the nature of their work demanded that they smoke hemp to have extra power to carry out their logging job.

This is as one of the defendants, Samson Lucas while answering questions said the hemp works in their system than a cigarette.

His clients, Samson Lucas, 25; Ayo Olamide, 25; and Olalekan Omoniyi, 22; were docked before the court for smoking substance suspected to be Indian hemp.

They were also arraigned for allegedly possessing charms. The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the four counts of illegal possession of charm, a substance suspected to be Indian hemp, being armed and an attempted robbery contrary to and punishable under section 516 and 509 of the criminal code CAP 34 vol.II laws of Osun State, Nigeria 2002.

Police prosecutor, Inspector Elisha Olusegun, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on September 3, at about 1:00 a.m. at Orile-Owu, Osun.

Oladipupo, however, urged the court to admit the defendants to bail in the most liberal terms.

The presiding magistrate, Mr Omisade, in his ruling, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N300,000 with one surety each in the same sum and transferred the case to Gbongan Magistrate court for hearing on October 8, 2020, for hearing.

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