A Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki on Wednesday sentenced 32-year-old Chukwuma Amadi to six months imprisonment for illegal possession of 23.8 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa.
Justice Akintayo Aluko in his judgement said that the sentence commenced from the date of the convict’s arrest.
Aluko said that the court was satisfied that the convict pleaded guilty to the charges levelled against him, which ultimately facilitated the quick dispensation of the matter.
“The defendant agreed to the testimony of the prosecution witness and confessed to have committed the offence at Amike-Ezzamgbo, Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi.
“I considered the fact that the prosecutor confirmed that the defendant is a ‘first offender’ with no previous record in such case,” he said.
The judge also said that he considered that the defendant “is the breadwinner of his family with two wives and nine children and has shown enough remorse over the offence.
“The huge quantity of the illegal drug in his possession was also considered as the defendant is therefore sentenced to six months in imprisonment,” he said.
Aluko said that the court was satisfied that the prosecution proved the case beyond doubt and duly sent samples of the substance for tests in Lagos.
Earlier, Amadi admitted committing the offence and pleaded for clemency from the court, saying that he indulged in the crime to cater for his family.
“I have two wives and nine children and I beg the court to do whatever it wishes to me if I am brought before it again over the crime,” he said.
Mr Maxwell Onyiaji, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Prosecution Counsel, told the court that the defendant had no previous record of such offence.
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