Police arraign man, 25, over alleged possession of Indian hemp

The police on Friday arraigned a 25-year-old man, Kabiru Aliu, in an Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court over alleged possession of Indian hemp.

The defendant, of no fixed address, was standing trial on a one count charge of possession of Indian hemp.

The police prosecutor, Insp Sodiq Adeniyi, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on June 5 at about 05:00 p.m in Ado-Ekiti.

He alleged that the defendant had in his possession weeds suspected to be Indian hemp and illicit drugs.

Adeniyi said the offence contravened Section 5 (b) of the Indian Hemp Act 2004.

He urged the court to adjourn the case to enable him study the case file and present his witnesses.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him.

Counsel to the defendant, Mrs Adunni Olanipekun, urged the court to grant the defendant bail, with a promise that he would not jump bail.

The Magistrate, Mrs Olubunmi Bamidele, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N20, 000 with one surety in like sum.

She adjourned the case until July 11, for hearing.

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