We do not usually highlight busts but this story offers an indication of the size of the black industry in nations like Nigeria. 10 Hectares is 25 Acres. Not a little develop !
Odolu (Kogi) – The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Kogi, in the early hours of Thursday, destroyed 10 hectares of cannabis sativa (Indian hemp) plantation, as aspect of efforts to rid the state of challenging drugs.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NDLEA officials, who stormed the Igolijo neighborhood in Igalamela-Odolu Regional Government Region of the state at about five.30 am. for the operation, also arrested the prime suspect, James Ameh, and six other people.
In the operation jointly carried out by a group of NDLEA operatives and males of the Nigeria Safety and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), led to the arrest of six other suspects alongside the prime suspect.
The arrested suspects have been Usman Bello, Eze Stanley, Innocent Ameh, Samule Idoko, Ojima Ojo, and Ekene Ukwueze, alongside the prime suspect.
Ameh, 55, and father of 10, who had earlier attempted to escape, was overpowered and apprehended with a completely-loaded pump action gun, which he claimed to have collected as a collateral from a buddy owing him N80,000, pending payment of the debt.
“I am not the actual owner of this pump action gun. It belongs to a buddy who is owing me N80,000. I collected it from him as a collateral pending when he would spend back the cash which I required urgently to do some thing.
“I’m sorry I in no way knew that getting this in my home will place me in difficulty. As for the concern of dealing in drugs and getting hectares of land for cannabis, it is also not true”, he mentioned.
Ameh, who is also a native medical doctor from Ete, a boundary neighborhood amongst Olamaboro Regional Government Region of Kogi and Enugu State, denied know-how or ownership of the 10-hectare cannabis plantation, even even though on the farm.
Speaking with NAN soon after setting the whole farm ablaze, the NDLEA Commander in the state, Alh. Idris Bello, mentioned that the suspects had been on the wanted list of the agency in the final couple of months.
Bello mentioned that the operation was the outcome of a thorough intelligence gathering by officers of his command on the existence of the plantation and the activities of the suspects peddling the challenging drugs amongst Kogi and Enugu States.
He commended the state government and Gov. Yahaya Bello for the help provided to NDLEA in its bid to rid the state of challenging drugs and illicit psychotropic substances, for the attainment of a sane and secure state.
The Commander, having said that, warned that whoever was caught engaging in illegal drug enterprise would be produced to face the complete wrath of the law.
Bello, who mentioned that a pump-action gun and seven reside cartridges have been recovered from the suspects, mentioned that they would be charged to court as quickly as investigation into the matter was concluded.