Justice Daniel Osiagor of a Lagos Federal High Court, on Monday convicted a comedian and skit maker, Joshua Sunday, popularly called Dgeneral, for unlawful possession of 14 grams of Tramadol.
Also convicted alongside the 22 years old comedian, is Caleb Ojana William, who was also accused of unlawful possession of 15 grams of Cannabis Sativa, popularly called marijuana.
Justice Osiagor convicted the two men, after they pleaded guilty to a count charge each of unlawful possession of the banned substance, made against them by National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
NDLEA through its prosecutor, Mr Jeremiah Aernan and N. J. Manza, had told the two convicts on 12 January, 2022, at No 2B, Saula Akinlolu Orchid, Lekki, Lagos State, that they had in their possession the banned substances without legal permission.
The prosecutor had told the court that the offences committed by the convicts are contrary to and punishable under section 11 (c) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency ACT CAP N30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
However, the convicts’ counsel, Chief Lilian Omotunde leading, O. Ogunleye, pleaded with the court not to convict the two men, despite having pleaded guilty to the charges.
Though, the prosecutor was urged to sentence the two men as prescribed by section 356(2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015, having pleaded guilty to the charge and coupled with the fact of the charge as reviewed by the prosecution.
But Justice Osiagor, in his judgment, while pronouncing the two men guilty of the charge against them, declined to sentence them, but cautioned them ‘to go and sin no more’.