Was a judge right in sentencing an Indian Hemp seller to life imprisonment?
A few days ago, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia of a Federal High Court in Lagos State, caused a stir when she sentenced a 32-year-old man, Lawrence Aluagu, to life imprisonment for selling Indian hemp.
The judgement came to many Nigerians as a rude shock as many felt the judge was high handed in handing down the sentence as the man who claimed that unemployment led him into the crime.
Many were also surprised at the speed the case was concluded and compared the slow pace of judgement in cases involving politicians and treasury looters in the country.
Justice Ajumogobia had earlier acknowledge that the accused was a first offender with no record of conviction. This admission, many believe, should have led her to temper justice with mercy and give him a lighter sentence as well as rehabilitating him.
On Morning Teaser today, we ask: do you think an Indian Hemp seller deserves life imprisonment?