Kano tailor gets 12 strokes over possession of codeine syrup

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A Magistrates’ Court in Kano on Friday ordered that a 20-year-old tailor, Abubakar Sani, be given 12 strokes of the cane for having one bottle of codeine syrup in his possession.

Mr Sani, who lives at Fagge Quarters Kano, was convicted for constituting public nuisance and being in possession of codeine syrup.

Magistrate Farouk Ibrahim-Umar also sentenced Mr Sani to two months’ imprisonment without an option of a fine.

The prosecution counsel, Aminu Dandago, informed the court that the convict committed the offence on June 16 at Fagge Quarters Kano.

He said on the same date, at about 9:00 p.m, Mr Sani was arrested by a team of policemen attached to the Fagge Police Division Kano while on patrol in the area.

The police said that Mr Sani was caught with one bottle of codeine syrup suspected to be an intoxicant.

Mr Dandago said that the offence contravened sections 183 and 391(A) of the Penal Code.


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