By Olawale Akinremi
Ibadan, – Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, on Tuesday, sentenced Ahmed Ajelokun, 41 and Afeez Adegbenro, 27, to 20 months imprisonment for unlawful storage of 10 kilogramme of Indian Hemp.
Agomoh said that Ajelokun and Adegbenro were convicted and sentenced, based on the evidence presented in court against them by National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
She further stated that she considered in her judgment the fact that the convicts did not waste the time and resources of the court before pleading guilty, in addition to being first time offenders.
The judge, however, advised the duo to stay away from any form of crime henceforth, as the full wrath of the law would be applied against them, if caught again.
Agomoh ordered NDLEA to destroy the weed exhibit found in their possession.
Earlier, Counsel to NDLEA in Oyo State, Mr D.A. Otunla, had informed the court that Ajelokun and Adegbenro were arraigned on a count charge, bordering on unlawful storage of narcotic.
Otunla said that NDLEA operatives had arrested the convicts on Sept. 3, 2021 at Badeku village in Ona-Ara Local Government Area.
Otunla also told the court that Ajelokun and Adegbenro had allowed one Apata, now at large, to unlawfully use their residents for the purpose of storing the illicit drug.
According to the prosecutor, the offence contravenes Section 12 of the NDLEA Act, Cap. No. 30, Laws of the Federation, 2004. (NAN)