EKITI, Nigeria – The Police on Friday arraigned husband and wife, Asaolu Sheu (65) and Asaolu Jemilat (45), before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court over alleged possession of Indian hemp.
NAN reports that the defendants, of unknown addresses, are facing a charge of illegal possession of Indian hemp.
The prosecutor, Insp Oriyomi Akinwale, told the court that the defendants committed the offence on Jan. 14 at about 2:00 p.m in Igbara-Odo Ekiti.
Akinwale alleged that the defendants had in their possession a large quantity of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp.
He said that the offence contravened Section 5(b) of the Indian Hemp Act 1966.
The prosecutor asked the court for an adjournment to enable him study the case file and assemble his witnesses.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty as their counsel, Mr Joseph Oguntuase, urged the court to grant his clients bail, with a promise that they would not jump bail.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Adefumike Anoma, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety each in like sum.
She adjourned the case till Feb. 25 for hearing.
In a related matter, the prosecutor told the court that the defendants committed another offence in Igbara-Odo by conspiring among themselves to commit felony and arson of a dwelling house belonging to one Ilesanmi family.
Akinwale said the offences contravened Sections 516 and 443 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.
The prosecutor urged the court to remand the defendants in the Correctional centre pending legal advice from the office of Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).
The plea of the defendants was not taken, as their counsel, Mr Joseph Oguntuase urged the court to grant them bail, with a promise that they would not jump bail.
Chief Magistrate Anoma granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum.
She adjourned the case until Feb. 25 for mention.