A Federal High Court sitting in Kano on Tuesday sentenced one John Eze to five years jail term for engaging in the smuggling of cannabis sativa into the state.
The prosecution told the court that the convict was apprehended by the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) operatives at Dawakin Tofa local government, stating that when he was apprehended substances confirmed to be cannabis sativa weighing 24 kilogram were found in his possession.
Chief Superintendent of Narcotic (CSN) Ali Adamu attached to NDLEA, Kano command in his testimony said the convict while in custody made a confessional statement.
John Eze admitted the allegations leveled against him, and pleaded for leniency.
The prosecution told the court that the arraigned man has no previous record of conviction, though his biological mother has been convicted twice for committing the same offence.
The mother of the convict was convicted for smuggling cannabis sativa into Kano, and was later arrested again operating under a new name. Her previous status was blown open by her previous criminal record that was in the possession of NDLEA, the court heard.
The presiding judge, Justice Ambrose Lewis Allagoa sentenced Eze to five years in jail with an option of N500, 000, 00 fine.