NDLEA ar­raigns univer­sity drop-out for al­leged pos­ses­sion of one hectare of cannabis

Daily Trust - - CRIME -

The Na­tional Drug Law En­force­ment Agency (NDLEA) in Enugu state on Tues­day ar­raigned Paul Enyivigbo be­fore a Fed­eral High Court for al­leged pos­ses­sion of one hectare of cannabis sativa.

The pros­e­cut­ing coun­sel, Mr J. O. Mo­modu, told the court that Enyivigbo un­til his ar­rest was a drop-out of Univer­sity of Nige­ria Nsukka (UNN).

Mo­modu said the ac­cused was ar­raigned on a three-count charge of con­spir­acy, selling and pos­ses­sion of such quan­tity of un­law­ful sub­stance with­out au­tho­ri­sa­tion from NDLEA.

He said that a con­cerned citizen who pleaded anonymity re­ported the mat­ter with de­tails and ad­dress of the ac­cused farm plan­ta­tion.

The pros­e­cu­tor said that the ac­cused has been in the busi­ness for the past two years with­out the knowl­edge of his par­ents.

Mo­modu said that when the ac­cused was ar­rested in June this year, the par­ents were in­vited for in­ter­ro­ga­tion.

“The par­ents said that the ac­cused has been col­lect­ing school fees, ac­com­mo­da­tion fee, feed­ing money, etc, from them pre­tend­ing to be in school while he is not,” he said.

He said that the ac­cused built a mud house where he was liv­ing very close to his farm to en­able him mon­i­tor the plan­ta­tion closely.

Mo­modu said that some of the farm­ers in that farm set­tle­ment com­plained that the ac­cused has been ter­ror­is­ing them and tak­ing way their per­sonal be­long­ings force­fully.

How­ever, the coun­sel to the ac­cused, Mr Ifeanyi Ug­wuja, said that his client was a univer­sity drop-out be­cause his par­ents have no money to carter for his ed­u­ca­tion.

Ug­wuja said that his client has a cas­sava plan­ta­tion at Agu-Opi farm set­tle­ment but def­i­nitely not cannabis sativa plan­ta­tion.

Jus­tice Dorothy Agishi, ad­journed the mat­ter to Oct. 2 for con­tin­u­a­tion of hear­ing. (NAN)

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