NDLEA arraigns teenager caught throwing marijuana into Kirikiri Prisons

*Indian Hemp farm

A teenage boy, Antonio Moshood, who was apprehended while throwing Indian hemp into the Kirikiri Maximum Prisons has been brought before a Federal High Court in Lagos.

The accused was arraigned by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on a charge of drug trafficking.

The court ordered the remand of the 19-year-old teenager at a rehabilitation centre for four months as a result after he pleaded guilty to the charge.

It was discovered that the marijuana was meant for an inmate.

The prosecutor, Mr. Jeremiah Aernan, consequently reviewed the facts of the case before the court, and tendered the substance in evidence.

He urged the court to convict the accused based on evidences adduced.

Delivering his judgment, Justice Ibrahim Buba found the accused guilty of the offence.

However, taking into consideration the age of the accused, Buba ordered that he be remanded at a rehabilitation centre for three months, and also remanded at the NDLEA custody for one month, for counselling.

The convict was said to have committed the offence on April 14 in the premises of the Kirikiri Maximum Prisons in Apapa, Lagos.

The prosecutor said the convict had thrown a wrap of cannabis sativa, aka Indian hemp, weighing 3.3 kilogrammes, into the prison compound for the benefit of one Taofeek, a detainee.

He said the convict was consequently arrested and charged.

According to Aernan, the offence contravenes the provisions of Section 11(c) of the NDLEA Act, Laws of the Federation, 2004.

The Act provides for a term of life imprisonment, if found guilty of drug trafficking.





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