A federal high court in Lagos has sentenced a 27-year-old man, Seun Alalade, to 18 months in a correctional centre for peddling marijuana, the drug otherwise known as cannabis sativa, weighing 1.15kg.
Mr. Alalade, a trader, was charged by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on one count of drug trafficking before Justice Chuka Obiozor. He, however, pleaded guilty to the offence.
After his plea, the prosecutor, Jeremiah Aernan, reviewed the facts of the case before the court and tendered some documents as evidence.
The documents include: a written statement of the defendant, a drug analysis form, a request for scientific aid form and remnant of the narcotic.
The court admitted the documents in evidence and marked them as exhibits.
Mr. Aernan then urged the court to convict and sentence the defendant based on his plea as well as evidence adduced by prosecution.
In his verdict, Mr. Obiozor found Mr. Alalade guilty of the offence and accordingly convicted him.
He sentenced him to 18 months’ imprisonment from the date of his arrest, with an option of N50,000 fine.
The prosecutor had told the court that the convict was arrested on July 21 on a tip-off at the Ijegun area of Lagos while unlawfully engaging in the sale of the illicit drug.