NDLEA discovers 9.5 hectares of cannabis farms, destroys 23.75 tons in Osun

By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), Osun State Command, has disclosed that the agency 9.5 hectares of cannabis farms and destroyed 23.75 tons of cannabis sativa in the State.

In a statement on Wednesday in Osogbo, the NDLEA Commander in the State, Mr. Ninadi Chidi, said men of the agency arrested 299 suspects which comprised of 248 males and 51 females for various drugs offences.

The statement which was issued in commemoration of 2024 United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drugs Trafficking has the theme: “The Evidence Is Clear. Invest In Prevention”.

Enumerating some of the achievements of the command within the period under review, the NDLEA boss said, “Seizure of 1,600.949kgs of various drug were recorded. The dominant being cannabis sativa with 1,536kg, cocaine 0.013gms, other psychotropic substance 64.936kg and 16.5litres of skushes.

“Within the period under review, 9.5 hectares of cannabis farms were discovered and 23.75 tons of cannabis sativa destroyed.

“In the area of prosecution, 58 convictions were secured at the Federal High Court, Osogbo while other cases are ongoing.

“The Agency’s War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) initiative was aggressively implemented through sustained and consistent sensitization and enlightenment programs in primary/secondary schools, tertiary institutions, work places, markets places, motor parks, churches, mosques

“In the area of counseling of people who use drugs; 105 persons, comprising of 96 males and 9 females were counseled on the dangers and consequences of drug/substance abuse.”

Chidi, however appealed to the people of the State to join hands with the agency in its efforts to curtail the drug problem so as to guarantee peace, security and development in the State.

He charged the Governor on the need to cater for drug dependent persons presently referred to get help in neighboring States.

Chidi, however, called on drug dealers and cultivators in the State to desist from the nefarious trade or face the consequences of arrest and prosecution.

“Aside conviction, proceeds and assets of the convicts used as instrumentalities of crime would be forfeited to the Federal Government”.

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