Freedom is something no one wants to lose but Rasheed Lawal, a 25-year old cobbler lost his freedom on Thursday, November 19, when he was sentenced to 18 months in prison, for peddling hard drugs.
Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of a Federal High Court in Lagos, sentenced Lawal after he was charged to court by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for drug trafficking.
He subsequently pleaded guilty to the charge.
The verdict read: “Following the plea of the accused and all evidences adduced by the prosecution, the accused is found guilty as charged and is hereby convicted.
“He is accordingly sentenced to a term of one and half years imprisonment, beginning from the date of his arrest.
“The drug exhibits are to be destroyed by the NDLEA, if there is no appeal against this judgement”.
Jeremiah Aernan, the prosecutor had earlier informed the court that the culprit committed the offence on September 19 before being arrested at Ajiran Community in Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos State with about 300 grammes of Cannabis Sativa, also known as ‘Indian hemp’.
The accused was reported to be a major dealer of the narcotic substance in the area.