…allegedly transports 12 bags Indian hemp
By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
A 47-year-old man, Raphael Okuwe, has been arraigned before an Osun State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osogbo for allegedly transporting 12 bags of Indian hemp as well as parading self as Deputy Superintendent (DSP) of the Nigeria Police.
The accused was arraigned on two counts charges of unlawful possession of Indian hemp and impersonation.
The prosecutor, John Idoko, alleged that the accused person was arrested on 6th of May, 2020 around 9:40am at Oke-Imesi junction, Esa Oke, Osun State.
Idoko informed the court that the accused person without lawful authority had in his possession twelve bags of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp otherwise known as cannabis, Narcotic drug and falsely presented himself as Deputy Superintendent of the Nigeria Police.
He said that the offence contravened the provision of Section 430 and 109 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol II Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002.
Okuwe, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge slammed against him.
His counsel, Mr Tunbosun Oladipupo, prayed the court to grant him bail in the most liberal term, noting that the car of his client is with the police and would not jump bail.
Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties and adjourned the case to July 9, 2020 for mention.