If Yahaya Abubakar, Zakari Ibrahim, Ibrahim Aliyu and Tijani Sani are marijuana addicts, will a jail sentence be capable of reforming them?

The quartet were caught smoking the banned substance at a motor park in Jos and were immediately arrested, according to the police.

They were charged before a Jos Upper Area Court on Wednesday where they had earlier pleaded guilty, and prayed for leniency.

The judge, Mr Mohammed Yahaya, sentenced them to three months in imprisonment for smoking marijuana.

Their plea for leniency did not fall on deaf ears as he gave them an option of N3,000 fine, each, since they were first time offenders.

Although, being first time offenders does not mean they were new to the crime. Let’s just say it was the first time they got caught.

Especially when the prosecutor, Sgt. Ibrahim Gukwat, told the court that police recovered a bag of the substance from them during further investigation.

Nevertheless, the judge warned them to steer clear of crime and said that he hoped that his judgement would deter others from committing crime.

But, how about first thinking about a judgment that helps the offenders themselves to shun the act.

Asides the act constituting public nuisance and contravening Section 198 of the Penal Code, illicit drug use is known to be detrimental to man’s wellbeing.

Unfortunately, it appears the law has no place to real rehabilitation drug users.