The Federal High Court sitting in Awka, Anambra State has sentenced four persons to imprisonment for being in possession of illicit drugs in the State. The four persons were, Ikechukwu Ugoka, Sunday Udensi, Arinze Nwabunwanne and Izuchukwu Ogbuanu.
They were found to be in possession of Cannabis sativa popularly known as “Igbo” and Methamphetamine.
The Presiding Judge, Justice Ibrahim Gafarati sentenced Ikechukwu Ugoka and Sunday Udensi to four years imprisonment with effect from the date of arraignment or with a fine option of two hundred thousand naira. Also, Izuchukwu Ogbuanu was sentenced to three years imprisonment with a fine option of one hundred thousand naira while Arinze Nwabunwanne was sentenced to thirteen months imprisonment without a fine option with effect from the date of arraignment.
Justice Gafarati said he noted with concern while delivering the judgment that the convicts were first time offenders who had no previous criminal records coupled with their plea for mercy. Justice Gafarati therefore advised the convicts to turn over a new leaf while serving the jail terms.
The Prosecution Counsel, Mr Patrick Eshua appealed to youths to be mindful of the company they keep stating that illicit drugs were the bedrock of all criminal activities in the society.
Counsel to the convicts declined to speak with Radio Nigeria.