Man, 60, docked for smok­ing hemp

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Eu­gene Agha, La­gos

A sex­a­ge­nar­ian, Lawrence Nwanze, on Mon­day ap­peared be­fore a Su­rulere Chief Mag­is­trates’ Court, La­gos, charged with traf­fick­ing in hard drug.

The ac­cused, 60, who re­sides at No. 5, Ko­foworola Square, Su­rulere, is be­ing tried for breach of peace and pos­ses­sion of an un­law­ful sub­stance be­lieved to be hemp.

Nwanze, how­ever, pleaded not guilty to the charge. But, Po­lice Pros­e­cu­tor, Oluwag­benga Salami in­sisted that the ac­cused per­son com­mit­ted the of­fences with others still at large at his apart­ment in Su­rulere. He al­leged that the ac­cused had in­vited many peo­ple to the com­pound to smoke hemp and also trade in the il­licit drug.

“A large amount of weeds sus­pected to be hemp were found with him and he could not give any sat­is­fac­tory ex­pla­na­tion how he came about them.”

Salami said the ac­cused also con­ducted him­self in a man­ner likely to cause a breach of the peace in the neigh­bor­hood by en­gag­ing in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties.

The of­fences con­tra­vened Sec­tions 168(d) and 329(c) of the Crim­i­nal Law of La­gos State 2015 (Re­vised).

The Chief Mag­is­trate, Mrs. T.O. Abay­omi, granted the ac­cused bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety in like sum. He said the surety should be gain­fully em­ployed and should also show ev­i­dence of tax pay­ment to the La­gos State gov­ern­ment.

Aday­omi ad­journed the case un­til Au­gust 17, 2017 for men­tion.

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