The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, sentenced one Dauda Sani to 14 months in prison for being in possession of 13 kilograms of Cannabis Sativa (Indian Hemp).

Justice Nkeonye Maha in her judgment said that the prosecution had been able to prove its case against the defendant.

The judge, therefore, pronounced him guilty as charged and convicted him.

The judge, in sentencing the convict, said that she considered his plea for mercy, the fact that he was a first time offender and the quantity of drugs involved.

She expressed concerns that for him to have run away upon arrest, it was a sign that he could be deep into the drug trafficking business.

Since the convict had no counsel representing him, she asked him to tell the court how he felt, particularly if the court was to give him the maximum sentence, which was 15 years in prison.

The prosecuting counsel Mr Mike Kasa had told the court that Sani was arrested in Sept. 2018 by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) along Gwagwalada-Abaji highway.

He also told the court that he ran away upon arrest but the officers of the NDLEA pursued him and re-arrested him.

He had pleaded guilty to the offence when he was arraigned.

The convict pleaded for mercy, saying that he was a first time offender and that he had learnt his lesson and would no longer peddle drugs.

His sentence is to commence from from the day he was arrested.


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