District Head Sentenced To Jail For 5.5 Years Jail Over Possession, Dealing of Cannabis

Fawaz Adebisi 

The Federal High Court in Sokoto, presided over by Justice Ahmad Mahmud, convicted Alhaji Umar Mohammed (aka Dan Bala) on four count charges of possession and dealing in 436.38kgs cannabis and 7kgs psychotropic drugs brought against him by NDLEA in October 2022.

He was sentenced to two years on each of counts 1 and 2 with an option of N1million fine, and eight months on each of counts 3 and 4 without an option of fine.

The development was confirmed by NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, on Sunday.

In other news, NDLEA operatives have been active in the past week. Officers on patrol along Okene -Lokoja-Abuja expressway on Tuesday 10th October intercepted a commercial bus coming from Lagos to Kano.

Operatives in Edo state on Wednesday 11th October also stormed the Orue forest, Owan West LGA where they arrested Happy Akashili, 37, and Solomon Uwesue, 40 in a hut located inside a cannabis farm measuring 2.367308 hectares which was destroyed, with 92kgs already processed skunk recovered, while 49kgs of same substance were also seized at Ogbeturu camp.

NDLEA officers will never relent in their pursuit to end the flow of illicit drugs in and out of Nigeria.

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