18-Year-Old Teenager Docked For Allegedly Smoking Indian Hemp Publicly

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One Adeoye Wasiu, 18, was arraigned in an Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun on Tuesday for allegedly smoking Indian hemp publicly.

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The Prosecutor, Insp Emmanuel Abdullahi, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on August 3, around 08:00 a.m., at Ile-Ife.

Abdullahi said that the defendant conspired with others now at large to commit felony to wit: conduct likely.

He added that the defendant conducted himself in a manner that might cause a great breakdown of law and order in Ile-Ife and its environs.

According to him, the defendant publicly engaged himself in the smoking of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp in those areas.

The prosecutor stated further that the defendant was unlawfully in possession of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp, which he could not give satisfactory account of how he got it.

Abdullahi said that the offence contravened Sections 249(d), 430 and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.

The defendant with no fixed address, however, pleaded not guilty to three-count charge of conspiracy, smoking and possession of Indian hemp.

The Defence Counsel, Mrs Comfort Eyiolawi, pleaded for the bail of the defendant in most Liberal term, promised that her client would not jump bail, but would produce substantial sureties.

Magistrate A.A. Ayeni granted the bail of the defendant in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum.

Ayeni added that the surety must swear to affidavit of means, resides within the court jurisdiction, produce a blood relation as well as three recent passport photographs each.

He adjourned the case until Aug 13, for mention.

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