Leadership (Abuja)

1 February 2013

Nigeria: Court Sentences Bricklayer to Seven Months Imprisonment

The Federal High Court in Ibadan on Friday sentenced a bricklayer, Sadiq Olaitan, 23, to seven months imprisonment for unlawful possession of 2.8 kilogrammes of Indian hemp.

Olaitan was arrested by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) while conducting a search on the Ijebu-Ode/Ibadan road, on Oct. 4, 2012 at about 3 p.m.

The NDLEA prosecutor, Mrs Bridget Viashimah, said the convict was arrested while in an 18-seater commercial bus with a shuttle bag held closely to his chest.

When officers inspected the bag, they discovered wraps of the drugs.

In a dramatic twist at the resumed hearing, Olaitan, who had earlier pleaded not guilty on Jan. 22, raised his hands in the dock in an attempt to seek the audience of the court to change his plea to guilty.

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