Drug Abuse: 6 young Nigerians caught with marijuana, plead guilty in court

Symbol-of-justice (1) (1)A Federal  high court sitting in Lagos on Monday fixed September 8 and 9, this year to convict six  young men arraigned by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency before the court for being in possession of cannabis sativa, popularly called marijuana, without lawful authority.

That was after all the accused persons took turn to enter a plea of guilt to the charge preferred against them.
Marijuana refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. The plant contains the mind-altering chemical called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other related compounds.
It is the most commonly used illicit drug in many countries including Nigeria and the United States. Its use is widespread among young people. It has both short and long germ effect on brain.
The sextet who admitted guilt as charged were a 20-year-old Muyideen Olanrenwaju, who was caught with 1.9 kilogrammes of marijuana on June 10, 2016 at Odo-Eran Market, along Cele Expressway; 28-year-old Olaiya Nurudeen, who was caught in possession of 1kg of marijuana at Masa Masa on June 6, 2016 and Ikechukwu Ojuogwu, who was caught at Katangua Market in the Abule Egba area of Lagos with 1.4kg of the same illicit substance on June 8, 2016.

Others were Wale Emmanuel, 21, who was caught at Katangua Market, Abule Egba with 200 grammes of marijuana on June 8, 2016; Abubakar Usman, 21, who was found with 700g of marijuana on June 6, 2016 and Ahmed Idris, 24, who was apprehended by NDLEA operatives on June 4, 2016 in possession of 900kg of Canabis at Apapa, Lagos.

They were not represented in court by any lawyer.
But they readily pleaded guilty and said they were willing to go in for the offence.

Following their guilty plea, Aernan urged the court to grant him an adjournment for the purpose of reviewing the facts of the case and furnishing the court with evidence against the accused persons.

“My Lord, we also pray that the accused persons should be remanded in prison custody pending the adjourned date,” the prosecutor added.

The trial judge, Justice Babs Kuewumi consequently could not convict the accused persons on Monday owing to the request by the prosecution for adjournment.
The judge consequently ordered the accused persons to be remanded in prison custody, though on the until the adjourned date.
Justice Kuewumi adjourned the cases to September 8 and 9, 2016, for review of the facts of the cases and possible sentencing of the accused persons.

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