Three accused arraigned before an Osogbo Magistrate Court for smoking hemp have defended their action.
The trio, who are loggers: Samson Lucas (25), Ayo Olamide (25) and Olalekan Omoniyi (22) were arraigned on a five-count charge, bordering on conspiracy, unlawful possession of criminal charm, Indian hemp and attempted armed robbery.
They pleaded not guilty to the charges, arguing that consumption of Marijuana (India Hemp) helps them to chase away evil spirits in the forest whenever they are going for operations.
The Police prosecutor, Inspector Elisha Olusegun, told the court that the suspects conspired and went round public places in a manner liable to unleash terror on innocent citizens of Orile-Owu.
The Magistrate, Mr Ishola Omisade, granted them bail in the sum of N300, 000 with a surety each, just as he adjourned the case till October 8, 2020, and transferred the matter to Gbongan Magistrate Court.