Justice P.I. Ajoku of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, has sentenced one Samuel Babatunde, 25, to four months in prison for peddling Cannabis Sativa valued at N10,000.
Ajoku said that she convicted and sentenced Babatunde based on the fact that he pleaded guilty to the one-count charge of unlawful dealing in Cannabis Sativa levelled against him.
“It is my hope that the convict is truly remorseful of his action because any future recurrence of the crime will be met with stiffer punishment.
“However, to serve as deterrent to others, Babatunde is sentenced to four months in prison.
“All the exhibits found with him are forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria,” Ajoku said.
Mr Raphael Himinkaiye, counsel to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Oyo State Command had earlier on told the court that the convict committed the crime on March 20, at Apata area of Ibadan, Oyo State.
He stated that Babatunde was apprehended with a sack containing 1.4 kilogrammes of weed substance worth N10,000.
The NDLEA prosecutor said that the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 11(C) of the NDLEA Act Cap N30 of the Law of Federation 2004.