Justice Daniel Osiagor of a Federal High Court in Lagos, on Monday, convicted a skit maker, Joshua Sunday, popularly known as De General, of drug trafficking.
The defendant, also a social media influencer, was dragged to court by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, alongside Caleb William, a cinematographer.
Delivering judgment, Justice Osiagor held that the volume of substance was minimal and would rather convict the defendants and caution them, rather than sentence them.
The court, consequently, convicted the defendants and cautioned them to “go and sin no more”.
Both defendants, 22, were charged with three counts of trafficking Tramadol and Cannabis Sativa.
They both pleaded guilty to the charge.
After their pleas, the prosecutor, Jeremiah Aernan, reviewed the facts of the case and tendered evidence before the court, through an NDLEA exhibit keeper, Lucky Oghaifu.
Among the evidence tendered include statements of the defendants, drug analysis form, certificate of test analysis, request for scientific aid form, packaging of substance form among others.
He urged the court to be guided by the provisions of Section 356(2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act and convict the defendants based on their pleas as well as evidence adduced by the prosecution.
According to the charge, the defendants were said to have committed the offence on January 12, 2022.
Recall that had De General admitted to owning the drugs found in his apartment.
The prosecutor said that they were arrested around the Lekki area of Lagos for unlawfully dealing in 15 g of Cannabis and 14 g of tramadol.
He said that the offence contravenes the provision of Section 11(c) of the NDLEA Act, Cap N30, Laws of the Federation, 2004.
In response, the Defence Counsel, Lilian Omotunde, urged the court to consider other options besides sentencing the defendants, on the grounds that the defendants were still at their prime and could still be useful to society.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that earlier, during interrogations by the court, the defendants told the court that they had never tasted drugs.
They told the court that the substances were used as props for their comedy skit, which they were in the process of shooting, before their arrest.
Woman Bags 12 Years Jail Term For Defrauding Deeper Life Church
An Ekiti High Court, on Monday, sentenced 40-year-old Sade Otenuga to 12 years imprisonment for defrauding the Deeper Life Bible Church of N620,000.
The court held that Sade deceived the church into paying her the money on the pretext that she owned a dilapidated structure in Ado-Ekiti which the church could buy and convert the land to better use.
The court also held that a pastor in the church, Oso Olugbenga, transferred the money to Sade’s bank account in two electronic transfers on April 6 and April 8, 2021.
Sade faced a two-count of Advance Fee Fraud and Stealing punishable under the laws of Ekiti State.
Testifying before the court earlier, Pastor Olugbenga said: “The church decided to buy the building, as it had become hideouts for criminals in the area.
“The convict also gave the church instruction to remove the building on the land, knowing full well that she was not the rightful owner.
“All efforts made to recover the money after the church discovered fraud in the transaction proved abortive.’’
Led in evidence before the court, Sade confessed to have committed the offence.
To prove the case against Sade, Police prosecutor, Samson Osobu, called three witnesses and tendered three exhibits including N100,000 cash recovered from the convict.
Sade’s counsel, Yinka Opaleke, did not call any witness, but pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy.
Delivering judgment, Justice Lekan Ogunmoye said there was prescribed mandatory sentence for the offence and the court had no discretionary power to exercise in the matter.
“The defendant is hereby sentenced to seven years imprisonment in count one (Fraud) and five years imprisonment in count two (Stealing) with N20,000 option of fine.
“The sentences are to run concurrently,’’ Justice Ogunmoye said.
Sexual Assault: Court Sentences School Bus Driver To Life Imprisonment
A Lagos State Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court has sentenced a school bus driver, Tony Akpan, to life imprisonment for sexually assaulting a five-year-old pupil.
Justice Abiola Soladoye in her judgement, held that the prosecution had presented overwhelming evidence against Akpan and his accomplice, Itoro Wilson, the school bus assistant.
The Judge also sentenced Wilson to two years imprisonment for assisting the convict to evade justice.
”There is overwhelming evidence before the court. The testimony of the survivor is truthful and boldly narrated by her.
”The medical doctor’s testimony also corroborated what she said.
“The first defendant is hereby found guilty as charged contrary to the provisions of Section 261 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State and is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment.
“The first defendant should have his name entered in the Sex Offenders Register of the Lagos State Government”, she held.
The Judge also held that the second defendant ought to have spoken up and not concealed the truth.
”The punishment meted out to this defendant will serve as a deterrent to others out there.
“The second defendant is hereby sentenced to two years imprisonment for a felony,”
The Judge tasked Roy Mind Favour Filled School, Unilag Estate, Magodo Isheri where the survivor attended to recruit responsible staff going forward.
“The school in question should recruit responsible staff.
“The parents must get value for the money they pay. Miscreants should not be on the payroll of any responsible school.
“Children are meant to be protected and not be subjected to any assault whatsoever,” the judge held.
Before this judgment, five witnesses testified against the defendants at the trial.
The prosecution team, comprising Mr Olusola Shoneye, Mrs Olufunke Adegoke, and Ms. Abimbola Abolade, said the convicts committed the offence on Oct. 20, 2017, on Magodo Road, Isheri, Lagos.
The prosecution also said the offence contravenes the provisions of sections 137 and 415 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
Man Steals N1.7m Alcohol, Gets N600,000 Bail
A man, Tewogbola Olawale, was on Wednesday arraigned before a Yaba Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing alcoholic drinks valued at N1,700,000 at the Pen Cinema, Agege area of Lagos State.
The defendant was charged with two counts of conspiracy and stealing.
The charges read, “That you, Tewogbola Olawale, and others at large, sometime in October 2021 at Crysland Nigeria Limited, Pen Cinema, Agege area of Lagos State, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conspire among yourselves to commit felony, to wit: stealing, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
“That you, Tewogbola Olawale, and others at large, on the same date, time and place, in the aforesaid magisterial district, did steal pallets of Trophy Beer, valued at N1,700,000.00 property of Crysland Nigeria Limited, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.”
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Chief Magistrate, P.B. Nwaka, granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N600,000 with three sureties in like sum.
He adjourned the case until June 29 for further hearing.
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