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Two teenagers jailed for possessing Indian hemp 

The judge, however, did not give the convicts an option of fine but ordered their jail term to begin from the day of their arrest.

• November 28, 2022
Court room used to illustrate the story
Court room used to illustrate the story

Justice Hadiza Shagari of the Kaduna Division of the Federal High Court on Monday sentenced two teenagers to 80 days’ imprisonment each for possessing 10kg of marijuana.

The convicts Yusuf Ahmed, 19 and Salisu Balarabe, 19, were both sentenced after they pleaded guilty to unlawful possession and breach of public peace.

The judge, however, did not give the convicts an option of fine but ordered their jail term to begin from the day of their arrest.

She stated that the evidence (cannabis) tendered before the court by the prosecutor had assisted the court in convicting the defendant.

The judge also ordered that the NDLEA destroy the cannabis in the presence of the court’s chief registrar.

NDLEA prosecuting counsel T.J. Atserhegh told the court that the two boys committed the offence on October 31 at about 9:00 p.m., around the Kawo area of Kaduna.

Mr Atserhegh said the convicts were caught with 10kg cannabis Sativa, popularly known as “Indian hemp’’ at odd hours by the police.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened section 231 of the Penal Code of Kaduna State, 2017 and Section 11c of the NDLEA Act, Cap 30, Laws of the Federation, 2004.


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