The Edo command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has announced the destruction of 17 suspected cannabis sativa plantations totaling over 15 hectares in the state.
Mr Buba Wakawa, the agency’s Edo State Commander, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin on Tuesday.
The farms were damaged between January and March, according to Wakawa.
He stated that throughout the time period under consideration, 480.074 kg of psychoactive drugs were removed from circulation.
Exol, Tramadol capsules/tablets, Diazepam, Lexotan, Swinol tablets, Cocaine, Heroin, Meth, Cookies, and Ampoules of Pentazocine injections were among the items removed, according to him.
During that time, Wakawa added, the command seized 2,349.424 kgs of substances suspected of being cannabis sativa.
He further stated that during the time period under consideration, the command arrested 94 people, with 80 males and 14 females.
Wakawa also told NAN that the command’s interception actions resulted in the seizure of eight various types of exotic cars, including the Lexus ES 330, Toyota Camry, Honda, Previa, and Trucks, among others.
During the period under review, he noted, 21 drug-related cases were brought at the Federal High Court in Benin, resulting in 10 convictions, while 81 drug-dependent people were counseled and “released to be reunited with their families.”
Wakawa also revealed that during that time, the command took the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) project to schools and traditional rulers such as HRH Aliru Momoh, Otaru of Auchi, and Ewuare II, Oba of Benin.
He stated that the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (retd. ), had pushed for the WADA since it was his ambition to eradicate unwholesome substance abuse in the country.
He claimed that it was on this basis that the Edo command was pushing the war against illegal drug and trafficking to every doorstep in the state, with the goal of eradicating negative drug usage.
Wakawa urged Edo residents to constantly provide the command with any valuable information, including leads on drug operations, “especially information about cannabis sativa farming in the state as the cultivation season has begun,” he said.