Four suspected Cannabis Sativa farmers, commonly known as Indian Hemp, have been nabbed by men of the Ondo State Command of the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
The suspects, who were arrested by the agency in an Indian Hemp farm while harvesting the illicit plant, have been identified as Friday Azum, 30; Friday Umuvole, 26; Uba Abanum and John Akor 29.
According to the state Commander of the agency, Haruna Gagara, the suspects were found with 45kg of Indian Hemp upon their arrests.
The NDLEA boss also disclosed that during the operation, which took place at Bolorunduro community in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State, 106 hectares of Indian Hemp farms were destroyed.
“The cannabis were seized from the suspects, while 106 hectares of fresh hemp cultivation were destroyed.”
The NDLEA commander, however, frowned at the rate at which youth in the state were getting involved in the illicit trade and usage.
He called on community heads, chiefs and youth leaders in the society to be vigilant and always be mindful of persons they lease their lands to, warning that “ignorance will not be an excuse when caught”.
Gagara maintained that the suspects would be charged to court after investigations are concluded.