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Justice Joyce Abdulmaleek of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, on Monday, sentenced a 45-year old man, Hakeem Saka, to 16 months in correctional center for unlawful possession of 3.3 Kilograms of Indian Hemp.

In her judgment, Abdulmaleek held that the evidence before the court was overwhelming and uncontroverted, hence, the guilty verdict.

The Judge, also ordered the National Drug Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, to destroy the Indian Hemp found in the convict’s possession.

Earlier, NDLEA’s counsel, Raphael Himinkaiye, had said that the defendant was arraigned on one-count charge bordering on unlawful dealing in Cannabis.

Himinkaiye told the court that the defendant committed the crime on March 3, at Egbeda, a suburb of Ibadan, Oyo State.

He had alleged that NDLEA’s operatives arrested the defendant with concealed 3.3 kg of Indian Hemp in a sack.

The prosecutor said that the offense contravened Section 11 (C ) of the NDLEA Act Cap N30 of the Law of the Federation 2004.

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