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NDLEA Edo destroys 17 Cannabis Farms- Officials

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Edo State Command, says it has destroyed 17 Suspected Cannabis Sativa farms measuring over 15 hectares.

The agency, Edo State Commander Mr Buba Wakawa, who made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, Benin, on Tuesday, said the farms were destroyed between January and March.

Wakawa, described the reviewed period as having recorded the removal of 480.074 kg of psychotropic substances from circulation.

He explained that the substances removed included Exol, Tramadol capsules and tablets, Diazepam, Lexotan, Swinol tablets, Cocaine, Heroin, Meth, Cookies, Ampoules of Pentazocine injections, among others.

Wakawa further revealed that the command also seized 2,349.424 kgs of substances suspected to be cannabis sativa during the period.

In the period under review, he also said that they arrested 94 suspects comprising 80 males and 14 females.

Similarly, Wakawa also told NAN that eight different types of exotic cars such as Lexus ES 330, Toyota Camry, Honda, Previa, and Trucks, among others, used as means of conveyance were seized through the command’s interception activities.

He added that 21 drug-related cases were filed at the Federal High Court, Benin, within the period under review, securing 10 convictions, while 81 drug-dependent persons were counselled and ”released to be reunited with their families”.

Wakawa also disclosed that within the period, the Command took the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) project to schools and traditional rulers like the Otaru of Auchi, HRH Aliru Momoh, and the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II.

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He noted that in pushing the WADA, it was the vision of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Buba Marwa to eradicate unwholesome abuse of substances in the country.

He said that it was based on this that the Edo command was taking the fight against illicit drug and trafficking to every doorstep with a view to eradicating negative drug use in the state.

Wakawa appealed to the Edo public to always avail the command of every useful information, as well as leads on drug activities, ”particularly information about cannabis sativa farming in the state as the cultivation season had begun,” he said.

(NAN)

 

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