Court remands man, 34, for illegal possession of 20kg hemp

A Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ile-Ife, Osun state, on Friday, remanded a 34-year-old man, Idris Adeleye, in prison custody for alleged possession of 20kg India hemp.

The Prosecutor, Mr Sunday Osanyintuyi, told the court that the accused person committed the alleged offence on July 28, 2019 around 11:00 am at Ilare Street, Ile-Ife.

The prosecutor alleged that the accused unlawfully have in his possession, quantity of substance suspected to be Indian hemp worth 20kg in which he is selling.

He added that the accused unlawfully belonged to a member of secret society called ‘Eiye Confraternity’ and thereby disturbing the peaceful atmosphere of the ancient city of Ile-Ife.
According to the charge sheet, the offences contravened sections 3, 4, of the Indian hemp Act Cap 16, Laws of Federation, 2004 and 62, (A), 63 (B), Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to two-count charge of unlawful possession of hemp and cultism.
Counsel to the accused, Mrs Modupe Olufemi, urged the court to grant her clients bail in the most liberal term, assuring that he would not jump bail.

Magistrate Olukunle Owolawi, directed the counsel to file a formal application for the bail and ordered for his remand in prison custody.

Owolawi adjourned the case to August 8, for ruling on bail.

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