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Court Remands Man Over Alleged Engaging On Indian Hemp Business

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By Dorcas Elusogbon

An Osun State Magistrate Court sitting in Ile-Ife, on Friday, remanded a 34-year-old man, Idris Adeleye, in prison custody for allegedly engaging in India hemp business.

The Prosecutor, Insp Sunday Osanyintuyi, had told the court that the defendant committed the offence on July 28, 2019 around 11:00 am at Ilare Street, Ile-Ife.

Osanyintuyi said that the defendant unlawfully have in his possession quantity of substance suspected to be Indian hemp worth 20kg in which he is selling.

He added that the defendant unlawfully be a member of secret society called Eiye Confraternity and thereby disturbing the peaceful atmosphere of the ancient city of Ile-Ife.

According to him, the offence contravened Sections 3, 4, of the Indian Hemp Act Cap 16, Laws of Federation, 2004 and 62, (A), 63 (B), Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to two-count charge of unlawful possession and cult member.

The Defence Counsel, Mrs Modupe Olufemi, applied for the bail of the defendant in most Liberal term, pledged that her client would not jump bail, but would provide responsible sureties.

Magistrate Olukunle Owolawi, did not grant the bail of the defendant, but ordered for his remand in prison custody.

Owolawi adjourned the case until Aug 8, for ruling on bail.(NAN)

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