NDLEA arrests village head for alleged possession of 12kg of Indian hemp
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested the village head of Koje in Nasarawa State, for alleged possession of 12 kg of India hemp.
Mr. Sumaila Ethan, the state Commander of the NDLEA, who paraded the suspect before newsmen on Friday in Lafia, described the conduct of the village head as “ungodly and unfortunate.’’
“It is pertinent to alert the people of the state and member of the public that there is alarming increase in the activities of illicit drug peddling in the state.
“This is especially with those entrusted with the responsibilities of leadership in our rural communities.
“On March 4, we arrested Mr. Samuel Agu, the village head of Koje community in Nasarawa Eggon Local Government area of the state with bags of cannibas sativa weighing about12 kg.
“The village head confessed that he has been getting the supply of the deadly seeds for planting from a herdsman.
“He confessed that the 12 kg seized from him was the remnant of what he harvested from his farm,’’ Ethnan said.
He said 28 drug dealers were arrested across the state from January to date, while about 460 kg of narcotic and psychotropic substances were seized.
Ethan said that the command had secured the conviction of seven drug barons, counseled and rehabilitated.10, while others are facing trial in court.
He called for collective efforts in tackling the production, sales and consumption of illicit drugs in the state.
The suspect, in an interview, confirmed that he got the seed from a herdsman to plant, but denied consuming the substance.
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