By Yusuf Oketola
Three logging operators have been arraigned before an Osogbo magistrate’s court for allegedly smoking cannabis sativa.
The suspects, Samson Lucas (25), Ayo Olamide (25) and Olalekan Omoniyi (22) were arraigned on a five-count charge, bordering on conspiracy, unlawful possession of criminal charm, Indian hemp and attempted armed robbery.
Police prosecutor, Inspector Elisha Olusegun, told the court that the suspects conspired and went round public places in a manner liable to unleash terror on innocent citizens of Orile-Owu.
Olusegun said the alleged offence contravened Sections 516, 213(b), 80, 430(1) and 509 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Vol. II, Laws of Osun State, 2002.
According to the charge sheet obtained by OSUN DEFENDER, the accused persons committed the offence on September 3, 2020 at about 1:00am at Orile-Owu, Ayedaade Local Government area of the state.
But the suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges, explaining that consumption of Marijuana (India Hemp) helps them to chase away evil spirits in the forest whenever they are going for operation.
The accused persons added that they prefer taking Indian hemp to cigarettes because the later is dangerous to their health.
Defence counsel, Mr. Olatunbosun Oladipupo, prayed the court to admit the suspects to bail on a liberal term.
The Magistrate, Mr. Ishola Omisade, granted bail to the accused persons in the sum of N300, 000 with a surety each.
Omisade adjourned the case till October 8, 2020, just as he transferred the matter to Gbongan Magistrate’s Court.