Kareem Adebayo, a 77-year-old blind man has been arraigned before a Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State, for alleged selling Indian hemp.
Adebayo appeared before Magistrate Risikat Olayemi on two counts bordering on possession of Indian hemp. The accused, it was learned was caught on November 5, 2019, around 6.30 pm with a bag containing a large number of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp.
Addressing the court, police prosecutor, Rachael Idowu, explained that the accused had been arrested twice in the past by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and made to face trial during, which he spent several months in remand. But upon regaining freedom, Idowu said Adebayo would return to the business of dealing in illicit drugs. The accused did not have a legal representation when he was arraigned.
Magistrate Olayemi in her ruling, transferred the case to Okuku Magistrate Court for mention on November 11, 2019, because the offences were committed in the Okuku Magisterial District. She also said police should grant the accused bail because of his age and health status pending his arraignment.