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25yrs-old risks life imprisonment for cultivating cannabis in Oyo

By News Desk

A 25-year-old man, Samuel Omolowo, may be sentenced to life imprisonment should he be found guilty for cultivating 3.69 hectares of cannabis after a Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, ordered that the suspect be remanded in a correction centre.

Omolowo pleaded guilty to unlawful cultivation and dealing in narcotics when the case was called on Wednesday, adding that he had been surviving on the business rather than engage in stealing of people’s property.

The presiding judge, Justice Uche Agomoh, ordered that Omolowo should be remanded in Agodi correctional centre, pending sentencing. Agomoh adjourned the matter until Oct. 25 for presentation of fact and sentencing.

Earlier, counsel to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), Oyo State Command, Raphael Himinkaiye, informed the court that Omolowo was apprehended on the 3.69 hectares of land on May 27.

He said that the farm was located in Olosun Village, at Akinyele Local Government of Oyo State. The prosecutor also said that Omolowo was caught in possession of 19g of Cannabis.

In his plea earlier, Omolowo, begged for leniency. Meanwhile, the NDLEA act prescribes a maximum of life imprisonment for anyone found guilty of cultivating or dealing in Narcotics.

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