Police on Friday parade husband and wife, Asaolu Sheu (65 ) and Asaolu Jemilat (45 ), before a court of Chief Justice Ado-Ekiti for the alleged possession of Indian hemp.
NAN reported that the indictees, unknown addresses, face an illegal possession charge of Indian hemp. The prosecutor, Insp. Oriyomi Akinwale, told the court that the defendants committed the offense on 14 January at about 2:00 p.m à Igbara-Odo Ekiti.Akinwale alleged that the defendants had in their possession a large amount of weeds presumed to be Indian hemp.
He said the offense violated Article 5 (b) of the Indian Hemp Act 1966.the prosecutor requested the court for an adjournment to allow him to study the case and gather his witnesses. The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty as their counsel, Mr. Joseph Oguntuase, asked the court to bail his clients, with a promise that they would not bail.
The first magistrate, Ms. Adefumike Anoma, granted bail to the defendants for the sum of n100,000 with a guarantee each in similar sum.
She adjourned the case until February 25 for the hearing. In a related case, the prosecutor told the court that the defendants committed another offence in Igbara-Odo by plotting between them to commit a crime and a fire of a dwelling house belonging to an Ilesanmi family. Insp. Akinwale stated that the offences violated articles 516 and 443 of the criminal Code, the laws of the Ekiti State, 2012.The prosecutor requested the court to send the defendants back to the correctional center pending legal advice from the Office of the Director of Public Affairs(DPP).
Medium M. Joseph Oguntuase asked the court to bail them out, promising they wouldn‘t jump bail.
The first magistrate Anoma granted bail to the defendants for the sum of N100,000 with a single guarantee in similar sum.
Chief Magistrate Anoma adjourned the case until Feb. 25 for mention