IGNATIUS IGWE AGUBE, J.C.A.(Delivering the Leading Judgment): Before the Honurable Justice E. A. Obile of the Federal High Court, then sitting at the Umuahia Judicial Division, the Appellant was arraigned on the 4th day of February, 2010 upon a single count charge which averred thus:-
That you Onyekachi Okemmiri (M) on or about the 17th day of October, 2009 at Isiukwuato Local Government Area of Abia State within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court Umuahia without lawful authority dealt in 500 gms of Indian Hemp and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 11 CC) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act, CAP. N 30,Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
Dated this 3rd day of November,2009
Emeka. P. Ihechu
For: Attorney General of the Federation of Nigeria".
As the charge was about to be interpreted and to him from English to Igbo Language and vice versa, the Appellant (then as Accused) remarked that he had no lawyer. Then Iheu…