A Magistrate Court in Osogbo, the Osun state capital, has
convicted a 41-year-old man identified as Waidi Adelabu, for
displaying cannabis publicly. The accused was charged for
possession and public display of cannabis popularly known as
“weed” on two count charge.
The Prosecutor, Mr Elisha Olusegun said Adelabu committed
the offence on January 9, 2017, at about 2:00 pm at Oke-Baale
He said: “Without lawful authority he had in his possession two
wraps of weed suspected to be Indian Hemp otherwise known
as cannabis sativa”.
The Prosecutor added that the offence contravenes Section 430
(1) and 249(D) of the criminal code cap 34 vol. II laws of Osun-
State of Nigeria 2002.
The accused on the other hand, pleaded guilty to the two count
charge preferred against him.
Mr Elisha tendered the statement of the accused person which
was admitted by the court as exhibit ‘A’ and two wraps of
weeds which was also admitted as exhibit ‘B’.
Before the Magistrate handed down the sentence, the
defendant, Mr Badmus Kazim, giving allocutus plea, said the
accused person saved the time of the court and showed
remorse in conducting himself in good manner and doesn’t
have any record of previous conviction.
He said: “I plead with the court to make use of section 430 by
providing an option of fine to the convict”.
subsequently, the Chief Magistrate, Mr Olushola Aluko, in his
ruling, sentenced Waidi Adelabu to six month imprisonment or
pay a fine of 10,000 Naira.