Court Remands 87-Year-Old Grandma ‘Maria Seriki’ For Selling Indian Hemp
An 87-year-old grandmother, Mrs Maria Seriki has been remanded by a Federal High Court, Lagos for dealing in Cannabis Sativa, also Known as Marijuana.
The presiding Justice Hadiza Rabiu-Shagari convicted the woman for dealing in 10.3 kg of Cannabis Sativa and asked that she should be remanded at Lagos State Old People’s Home until her relative shows up to take care of her.
The convict, a resident of Oto-Awori, in Ijanikin, Lagos, had on Nov. 7, pleaded guilty to a one-count charge of trafficking 10.3kg of Cannabis, also known as hemp.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency ( NDLEA ) arraigned the woman but she pleaded guilty asking the court to temper justice with mercy.
After her plea, the prosecutor, Mr Aliyu Abubakar, had urged the court to adjourn the matter, for a review of the fact of the case.
The convict’s lawyer, Mr Prosper Ojakovo, had urged the court to be lenient with the woman since she never committed such offence before.
“She has nobody to take care of her, that was why she ventured into such heinous crime so that she could sell the cannabis and get some money to feed herself,” he pleaded.