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MURITALA IBRAHIM v. FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA

(2016) JELR 37152 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  CA/L/917/2012  •  19 Feb 2016  •  Nigeria

Coram
SIDI DAUDA BAGE JCA; JOSEPH SHAGBAOR IKYEGH JCA; YARGATA BYENCHIT NIMPAR JCA;

Judgement

YARGATA BYENCHIT NIMPAR, JCA (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This appeal is against the judgment of the Federal High Court Lagos delivered on the 9th November, 2012 by Hon. Justice, R. N. Ofili-Ajumogobia wherein the Appellant was convicted and sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment for dealing in cannabis sativa otherwise known as Marijuana. The brief facts of the case before the trial Court were simply that the Appellant was arraigned before the trial Court on one count charge for dealing in Cannabis sativa which read as follows:

"That you MURITALA IBRAHIM, Adult, Male on or about the 4th day of July, 2012 at Ipodo street in lkeja Area of Lagos State within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court without lawful authority dealt in 350 grams of cannabis sativa (otherwise known as marijuana) a narcotic drug similar to Cocaine, Heroine, LSD e.t.c and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 11(c) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act, CAP N30 Law…

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