Drug Trafficker Sentence To 3yrs Imprisonment

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, has convicted and sentenced a 27 year-old man, Stanley Chukwudi, to 3yrs imprisonment for unlawful trafficking of Cannabis Sativa, popularly called marijuana.

The convict was arrested with the banned weed, by the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, on April 6, 2022, at Iddo Motor Park, in Oyingbo area.

His offence according to the prosecutor, Mahmud Erondu, who arraigned him before the court, contravened Section 11 (b) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act Cap N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. and punishable under the same Act.

The convict had pleaded guilty, when the charge was read to him. And the prosecutor had urged the court to Convict and sentence him in accordance with the section of the law he was charged.

But his lawyer, Mrs Bolanle Kolawole, pleaded with the court to tamper justice with mercy in sentencing him, saying that her client was a first time convict, who never wasted the precious time of the court.

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She told the court that her client is suffering from a serious ailment, which if giving a custodian sentence may not have adequate medical treatment. She therefore pleaded with the court to consider the option of fine in lieu of the custodian sentence.

Responding, the prosecutor confirmed to court that the convict has no previous record of conviction.

Following the submissions of counsel, Justice Akintayo Aluko, after citing several plethoras of authorities, sentenced the convict to three years imprisonment.

The judge also ordered that the convict shall perform community service for two hours each in two weeks, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport command of the NDLEA.

However, the judge ordered the convict to pay the sum of N400,000, fine in lieu of the custodian sentence



Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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