Court convicts Skit maker, De General over drug trafficking
Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday, January 24 convicted popular skit maker, Joshua Sunday also known as De General, and Caleb William, a cinematographer, of drug trafficking.
The duo was arraigned to court by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for unlawfully dealing in 15 g of Cannabis and 14 g of tramadol in the Lekki area of Lagos state. They were both charged to court with three counts of trafficking Tramadol and Cannabis Sativa.
Delivering judgment, Justice Daniel Osiagor held that the volume of substance was minimal and would rather convict the defendants and caution them, rather than sentence them
Consequently, the court convicted the defendants and cautioned them to “go and sin no more”.
Both defendants, 22, were charged with three counts of trafficking Tramadol and Cannabis Sativa, to which they both pleaded guilty.
After their pleas, the prosecutor, Jeremiah Aernan, reviewed the facts of the case and tendered evidence before the court through an NDLEA exhibit keeper, Lucky Oghaifu.
Among the evidence tendered to include statements of the defendants, drug analysis form, certificate of test analysis, request for scientific aid form, packaging of substance form among others.
During interrogation by the court, the defendants told the court that they had never tasted drugs.
They told the court that the substances were used as props for their comedy skit, which they were in the process of shooting before their arrest.