A Federal High Court sitting in Jos on Monday sentenced a 20-year-old student to two months imprisonment for unlawful possession of Cannabis Sativa, popularly known as Indian hemp.
The convict, Longji Timothy, a secondary school student who is a resident of Abattoir in Jos South Local Government of Plateau State, was arrested in possession of 450 grams of Indian hemp at a joint within the community on March 17 by officials of NDLEA in Jos Command.
Timothy was charged over unlawful possession of a Narcotic drug similar to cocaine, Heroine, and LSD, and thereby committed an offense contrary to and punishable under section 19 of NDLEA Act Cap N30 LFN 2004 (As Amended).
When the case came up before Justice Dorcas Adeshi, the accused pleaded guilty and begged for leniency. The NDLEA Counsel, Mrs Ramatu Oketola told the court that since Timothy had owned up to his crime, the court should give its summary trial.
“My Lord, since the suspect has pleaded guilty of the offense, I pray that he should be given summary trial and convicted to serve as deterrent to others,” she stated.
Justice Adeshi then sentenced the suspect to two months imprisonment without option of fine.