Two jailed 14 months for drug trafficking
A Federal High Court in Jos on Friday sentenced two men to 14 months imprisonment for hard drug trafficking.
The convicts — Adamu Garba, 25, and Mujaheed Yusuf, 31 — both residents of Jos were arrested on July 12, 2016 with 250 grammes of Hemp, 500 grammes of Tramadol, 90 grammes of Diaspha and 66 grammes of Exol-5 by officials of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
The offences contravened Sections 14 and 19 of the NDLEA Act, 2004 (As Amended).
The duo had pleaded guilty before Justice Dorcas Agishi, and begged for leniency.
“Please Ma, we are guilty of the offences and we are pleading for leniency; we will not do it again. We now know our mistakes and we will not repeat it again.
“We are very sorry Ma; we have spent eight months in detention before appearing before you ma. I am very sick as I have ulcer and typhoid,’’ Garba said amid tears.
The NDLEA Prosecutor, Mrs. Ramatu Oketola, told the court that since the duo had pleaded guilty to the crime, the court should give them summary trial.
“My Lord, since the suspects have pleaded guilty to the charge, I pray that they should be given summary trial and convicted as spelt out by the law to serve as a deterrent to others, ’’ she said.
Oketola tendered the suspects’ statements made on the day of their arrest, three certificates of laboratory tests results carried out on the substances and the substances as exhibits.
Justice Agishi consequently sentenced the two accused persons to seven months imprisonment each, saying the sentence should start from the day of their arrest.
“Having confessed to committing the offence, this honourable court has the power to sentence you to 25 years imprisonment but because you begged for leniency and you have spent eight months in detention and have fallen ill, I hereby sentence you to seven months imprisonment each.
“This means that you have served your prison terms already while in detention; you can now go home and never to repeat such a crime again, else you will meet a stiffer punishment next time you are brought before me,’’ she ruled.
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