The Edo Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), says, it destroyed 17 suspected cannabis Sativa farms measuring over 15 hectares in the state.
Edo State Commander of the agency, Mr. Buba Wakawa, made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday.
Wakawa explained that the farms; were destroyed between, January and March.
He 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/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 the command arrested, 94 suspects comprising; 80 males and 14 females.
Eight exotic cars
Similarly, Wakawa told newsmen, 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 counseled 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.
He noted that in pushing the WADA, it was the vision of the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Brig.- Gen. Buba Marwa (retd.) 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.