23 Year Old Deaf And Dumb Arraigned By NDLEA For Hemp Peddling

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23-year-old deaf and dumb man, Abass Hamed, has been arraigned by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 in a Federal High Court
in Lagos for drug peddling.

The NDLEA Prosecutor, Mr Jeremiah Aernan, told the court
that the accused was arrested on Feb.18, 2014, along Agege Motor Road in Lagos.
Aernan said that one kilogramme of Cannabis Sativa, a banned
weed, was recovered from the accused who traded on the narcotics.
He said the offence contravenes Section 11(c) of the NDLEA
Act Cap N30, Law of the Federation, 2004.
Before the charge was read, Aernan informed the court that
the accused, had been in the anti-drug agency since 2014, when he was arrested.
He added that his arraignment had been stalled due to lack
of a sign interpreter, who he said, was recently provided.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Consequently, the prosecutor urged the court to adjourn for
trial of the accused, as he has submitted himself for trial.
The Counsel to the accused, Mrs. O. Ozobia, did not oppose
the application for adjournment and trial of the accused
Ozobia, however, urged the court to give a date for the
hearing of his bail application.

The judge, Justice Jude Dagat, adjourned the trial of the
accused till November 5, 2016 and November 7, 2016

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