A 27-year-old man, Iliya Abdullahi was yesterday convicted on a drug peddling charge and sentenced to two months imprisonment by a Lagos Federal High Court.
The convict was sentenced after he confessed to having been an end user and peddler of Indian hemp for about 19 years.
But pleading for mercy, the father of five said if he was pardoned he would neither smoke nor sell the banned substance anymore.
The convict was arraigned before Justice Mohammed Idris by men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, for being in unlawful possession of 400 grammes of cannabis sativa popularly known as marijuana.
The NDLEA prosecutor, Orji Kalu, who filed one count charge against him, told the court that the convict was arrested on January 31, 2015, around 6pm at Bonnyway Transport motor park, Iddo, Lagos.
During the review of the facts of the case on Wednesday, Abdullahi told the judge that he was a labourer, and that he used to peddle Indian hemp after work in the evening time to augment his income.
He also informed the court that there was a particular man at Mile 12 market, whose name he did not give, who usually dispensed quantities of the substance to him to peddle.
Abdullahi said that on the particular day that he was apprehended he was en-route Kano State with the Indian hemp.
The prosecutor, Kalu said Abdullahi violated Section 11(c) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act, Cap N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and was liable to punishment under the same Act.
He said, “My Lord, in view of the guilty plea of the accused and all the exhibits tendered before the court, we pray the court to convict the accused as charged.”
However, counsel for Abdullahi, G.U. Okaka urged the court to temper justice with mercy, saying the convict had no previous record of conviction.
In his personal plea, Abdullahi, who spoke in Pidgin English, said he was beaten in the prison and had learnt his lesson, as he promised that if given a second chance he would never go back to peddling drugs.
He said: “Help me sir, I will never smoke again by God’s grace; I just want to go back to Kano and meet my wife and five children.”
Justice Idris said the prison term would commence from the date that the convict was arrested, being January 31, 2015.