A suspected hashish sativa farmer, Clement Akor, has begged the Nationwide Drug Regulation Enforcement Company, NDLEA to take his life somewhat than destroy his 10-hectare hashish plantation.
Akor, a 42 years outdated father of six youngsters from Enabo village in Ankpa Native Authorities Space of Kogi State was arrested by the Kogi State Command of the NDLEA alongside his confederate David Ameh.
Akor who claimed he had invested a lot within the enterprise and can’t afford to lose it to the arms of the legislation mentioned he learnt the commerce in Owo, Ondo State.
The prime suspect who cried profusely to cease males of the NDLEA led by its commander Alfred Adewumi from destroying his farm positioned in Oketepe in Okula neighborhood in Ofu Native Authorities of Kogi State mentioned he would somewhat die than watch the officers destroy what he had labored laborious for within the final one 12 months.
He famous that he’s conscious of the legislation banning the sale of hashish sativa insisting that it’s enterprise which have to be adopted with threat.
His phrases” I’m the proprietor of this farm. I learnt it in Yoruba land. After I cultivated one final 12 months, it was stolen. So it’s this 12 months that I purchased seed from Yoruba land to plant new ones earlier than I used to be caught.
“Indian hemp enterprise is luck. On this farm, I can get many luggage right here. I do promote one bag for N20,000 relying on the realm I’m promoting it. It could possibly be extra. I spent N12,000 for labour in cultivating this farm. It higher you folks kill me than destroy this farmland.
“That is my enterprise. I spent lots to permit this plant to develop as much as this stage. Within the subsequent two weeks, I’m supposed to reap it. Now you folks have come right here to destroy it. Simply kill me, in order that I gained’t see you folks destroying what I’ve laboured for. I’m in search of cash as a result of I’m illiterate. I don’t need to interact in armed theft or kidnapping that’s the reason I’m into this enterprise of Indian hemp”.
His motion compelled the NDLEA commander Alfred Adewumi to calm him down insisting that the struggle towards illicit use of medication is on track in Kogi State.
Addressing journalists on Wednesday, shortly after the destruction of the massive hashish farm, the Kogi State Commander, Nationwide Drug Regulation Enforcement Company, NDLEA, Mr Alfred Adewumi lamented the rising wave of illicit use and cultivation of hashish sativa within the state.
Adewumi said that the 2 suspects have been caught by intelligence gathering by officers of his command.
The commander famous that the most recent breakthrough within the battle towards illicit use of medication in Kogi State is coming three days after the command arrested the duo of Endurance Samson and Abah Sunday for alleged possession of 36.2 kilogrammes wrap of hashish sativa.
“Seeing, they are saying is believing. What you might be seeing at the moment is actually greater than three soccer fields put collectively. I might allow you to make your judgment. Simply go searching, that’s the large expanse. We simply left the primary farm which is equally an enormous hashish plantation.
“That is very unlucky. I’m apprehensive about this unlucky growth. I’ve thought that Kogi State is not going to descend so far. As issues stand at the moment, will probably be direct self-denial to start to say that Kogi state is just not planting hashish sativa as a result of the proof itself suggests the truth that there may be excessive planting of hashish sativa in Kogi State. Sadly Kogi State also can now start to rank amongst these states the place you discover hashish sativa plantations.
“We is not going to relent in combating towards illicit use of medication that’s the reason we took the battle to their doorstep. Kogi State is the gateway to different states within the north, south, east and western components of this nation.
Adewumi mentioned all of the suspects can be charged to courtroom as quickly as investigations have been concluded.