‘Obasanjo’ Arrested In Lagos For Alleged Indian Hemp Dealing

The use of hard drugs in Nigeria is prohibited by law. News reports are filled with various suspects who are paraded by the police for being...

The use of hard drugs in Nigeria is prohibited by law. News reports are filled with various suspects who are paraded by the police for being in possession of these criminal drugs. A common drug reportedly used in Nigeria is what is widely known as marijuana. Many Nigerians know the drug is prohibited but most do not know that there actually exist a legislation that prohibits its use in Nigeria. A 37-year-old man, Segun Obasanjo and five others have been arrested by the police in Lagos for allegedly selling Indian hemp inside a Lagos market.

They were nabbed during a raid of Alaba Rago Market by operatives attached to Okoko Division on Saturday afternoon. Arrested with Obasanjo were Job Omesi, 16, Ayomide Samuel, 21, Buhari Oseni, 27, Muda Haruna,30, and Suraju Ayuba, 28. Police spokesman Bala Elkana, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP), said in a statement yesterday. He said the suspects were openly selling Indian hemp.

The law provides that any person who knowingly plants or cultivates any plant of the genus cannabis shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to be sentenced either to death or to imprisonment for a term of not less than twenty-one years and anyone found guilty of the unlawful importation or sale of Indian hemp shall be liable on conviction to be sentenced to imprisonment for a term of not less than twenty-one years. It should be noted that anyone who imports or sells marijuana for medical reasons is however exempted from this law.

Besides the suspects, Elkana said six others were held for alleged cultism at about 10:30am by policemen attached to Area ‘J’ Command in connection with a clash that left four persons dead at Ajah, Lagos, on April 14. “Babatunde Wasiu, 30, Bolaji Elijah, 25, Joseph Timothy, 32, Bolaji Olayiwola, 22, Saheed Lateef, 22, and Julius Augele, 20, were arrested in connection with a clash between Eiye and Aiye cults on April 14, at General Paint, Ajah. The clash left four Aye cultists dead. Axes and jack knives, which they used during the clash, were recovered from them. Four suspects were earlier arrested and charged to court in connection with the incident, bringing the number of suspects arrested to 10. The Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti, Yaba, Lagos is investigating the case and the suspects will be arraigned,” he said.

Source: The Nation

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