NDLEA arraigns six for illicit drug possession

The Federal High Court in Lagos will on September 8 and 9 decide the fate of six men who pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis sativa, popularly called marijuana, without lawful authority.

The men were arraigned on Monday before Justice Babs Kuewumi by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) which claimed it arrested them with the substance last month in various parts of the state.

The defendants are – Muyideen Olanrenwaju, 20, ‘caught’ with 1.9 kilogrammes of marijuana on June 10, at Odo-Eran Market, along Cele Expressway, Lagos and Olaiya Nurudeen, 20, who was ‘found’ in possession of 1kg of marijuana at Maza Maza, Lagos, on June 6.

Others are Ikechukwu Ojuogwu, allegedly arrested at Katangowa Market in Abule Egba, Lagos, with 1.4kg of the same substance on June 8, and Wale Emmanuel, 21, ‘found’ with 200 grammes of marijuana on the same day and place.

Abubakar Usman, 21, was accused of possessing 700g of marijuana on June 6, and Ahmed Idris, 24, was allegedly apprehended on June 4, in possession of 900kg of Canabis at Apapa, Lagos.

NDLEA prosecutor, Mr. J. I. Aernan, said the defendants violated Section 11 (c) of the NDLEA Act Cap 30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN), 2004.

The defendants, who had no legal representation, admitted the charge and pleaded for mercy.

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