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FCT court jails three codeine, cannabis sellers three months


A Dei-dei Grade one Area Court, Shagari Quarters, Abuja, on Monday sentenced three men to three months imprisonment each for constituting public nuisance.

The convicts – Umar Aliyu, Abdulrahman Isa and Husaini Aisha, all pleaded guilty to the charge of public nuisance, and prayed the court to temper justice with mercy.

The Judge, Sulyman Ola, however, gave the convicts, N10, 000 option of fine.

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He said that he gave them option of fine because they did not waste the time of the court, and they were also first time offenders.

Ola said that the judgment would serve as a deterrent to those who would want to indulge in any criminal act.

Earlier, The prosecution counsel Mr Chinedu Ogada, told the court that the convicts, Umar Aliyu, 27, Abdulrahman Isa 25 and Husaini Aisha 23, all of Kado Bimko Gwarinpa, Abuja, committed the offence on March 10.

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Ogada said that on March 10, at 2:00am, a team of surveillance attached to Gwarinpa Division while on crime prevention patrol within Kado Bimko, arrested all three convicts.

He stated that, while the team were on patrol, the convicts were caught selling and consuming hard drugs with bottles of codeine and wraps of dry leaves suspected to be cannabis saliva (Indian hemp).

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Ogada added that during police investigation, all hard drugs were recovered from them, adding that the convicts could not give satisfactory account of their actions.

He said the offences contravened the provisions of Section 183 of the Penal Code Law.