By Blessing Ibegbu
A Mararaba Upper Area Court, Nasarawa State, on Thursday sentenced two men- Kabiru Ibrahim and Yusuf Danjuma, to two months imprisonment each for smoking cannabis sativa (a.k.a.Indian hemp).
The judge, Ibrahim Shekarau, said he convicted the defendants as they admitted committing the offence.
He, however, gave the convicts N2, 000 option of fine each, and warned them to desist from committing crime.
The convicts, who had no definite addresses, were arraigned on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, constituting public nuisance and making the atmosphere noxious for human health.
They admitted to the crime and pleaded for mercy.
The prosecutor, Cpl. Hamen Donald, had told the court that the convicts committed the offence on June 16, at about 12.30 p.m.
He said that a team of police surveillance team, led by Insp. Lawal Usman, attached to `A’ Division, Mararaba Police Station raided a ‘black spot’ at Orange Market.
Donald said that in the course of the surveillance, the two convicts were arrested while smoking Indian hemp.
The prosecutor also said that the offences contravened Sections 97, 192 and 198 of the Penal Code.