60-Year-Old Faces Trial For Alleged Hemp Smoking
Police Prosecutor, Oluwagbenga Salami on Monday insisted before a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos that Lawrence Nwanze should be convicted for trafficking in hard drug.
He alleged that the accused “invited” some people to his compound at No. 5, Kofoworola Square, Surulere, to smoke hemp and also trade in the illicit act.
“A large amount of weeds suspected to be hemp was found on him and he could not give any satisfactory explanation how he came about it.”
Salami said the 60-year-old accused also conducted himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace.
Mr Lawrence Nwanze is now being tried for breach of peace and procession of an unlawful substance believed to be hemp.
The offences contravened Sections 168(d) and 329(c) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 (Revised).
Nwanze, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. T.O. Abayomi, granted the accused bail in the sum of N50, 000 with one surety in like sum.
He said surety should be gainfully employed and should also show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
Adayomi adjourned the case until August 17.