By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
A Federal High Court in Kaduna, sentenced Ismail Mustapha, a 37-year-old trader, to two-year imprisonment for unlawful possession of Cannabis sativa (hemp).
The judge, Hadiza Shagari, passed the sentenced on Mustapha after he pleaded guilty to the charge on Friday.
The judge, however, gave Ismail Mustapha the fine option of N50,000, saying that the convict was a first-time offender.
Shagari warned the convict against indulging in such illicit business after serving his jail term, assuring that the court would not be lenient on him if found guilty next time.
Justice Shagari ordered the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency to destroy the hemp in the presence of the chief registrar of the court.
Mustapha was arraigned by the NDLEA on one count of possession of illicit drugs by the NDLEA prosecutor, Mr T. J. Atserhegh, who told the court that the convict was arrested by the NDLEA officials on May 10, 2023 with the substance.
The prosecutor tendered some documents in evidence as well as some remnants of the substance, saying that the offence contravened Section 11c of the NDLEA Act, Cap 30, Laws of the Federation, 2004.