January 23, 2013 – NYSC Corper Arrested & Jailed In Ado Ekiti Over Indian Hemp At Orientation Camp
A Federal High Court in Ado-Ekiiti on Tuesday sentenced a member of the NYSC, Samuel Udeh, to two months imprisonment for possessing 50 grammes of Indian hemp.
Justice Adamu Hobon sentenced the 26-year-old without an option of fine to serve as deterrent to others. “I have carefully considered the facts presented before this court by the prosecution and the plea of guilty by the convict. I have also considered the quantity of the substance. I, therefore, find the accused guilty and convicted thereof as charged. But the jail terms will run from the day of arrest, that is November 19, 2012,’’ Hobon said.
The prosecutor, Iliya Waji, had earlier told the court that Udeh was arrested on November 19, 2012 with 50 grammes of the illicit drug.
He said Udeh committed the offence at the NYSC Orientation Camp at Emure-Ekiti. The offence, he said, contravened Section 11 (c) of the National Drug Laws Enforcement Agency Act, Cap N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
The accused pleaded guilty to the one-count charge while his counsel, Cletus Nnechetta, prayed the court to temper justice with mercy.
Nnechetta said the convict was remorseful for his actions, adding that he could still be useful to the society as a member of the NYSC.
[Daily Times Report]