Court Remands Man ‘Caught’ Selling Marijuana At NDLEA Office In Prison

Justice Sule Hassan of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday remanded a man, Ayobiojo Hammed, who was allegedly caught peddling marijuana at the Lagos Command of the National Drug Laws Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in prison.

Justice Hassan ordered that Hammed, of 7, Moshalashi Street, Empire, Surulere, Lagos, be kept in behind bar, after he pleaded guilty to a one-count charge of unlawfully distributing 630 grammes of the narcotic drug and was convicted.

The judge also fixed October 11 for the prosecutor, Fingere Dinneys to review the facts of the case and for sentencing.

Dinneys had earlier told the court that Hammed was arrested on March 26, 2019, while distributing 630 grammes of the substance to some construction workers on the NDLEA’s premises, No. 4, Shaw Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The prosecutor had insisted that the defendant’s offence infringed Section 20(1)(a) of the NDLEA Act, 2004 and was punishable under Section 20(2)(a) of the same Act.

Following Hammed’s plea, his counsel, C. W. Ezeonyeziaku, who stood in for Mrs. Susan Agu, did not oppose the prosecution’s remand application.

The charge against the defendant marked FHC/L/198c/19, reads: “That you Ayobiojo Hammed, Male, Adult, of 7, Moshalashi Street, Empire Surulere, Lagos on or about 26th March, 2019, at 4, Shaw Road, Ikoyi, Lagos without lawful authority distributed 630 grammes of Cannabis Sativa otherwise known as Marijuana, a narcotic drug similar to Cocaine, LSD and Heroin and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 20(1)(a) and punishable under Section 20(2)(a) of the NDLEA Act 2004.”


20th April 2024
Nigerian Pantagraph