Ibadan - The Oyo State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Thursday said it would be prosecuting 17 suspects in connection with drug related offences.
Telema Davies-Manuel, the state Deputy Commander of Narcotics of the NDLEA, made this known after an exercise conducted to destroy and burn 39 hectares of cannabis sativa cultivation at the Seriki Centre of the Gambari Forest Reserve.
Davies-Manuel said that the arrest of the 17 suspects was, however, not in connection with the cannabis farm that was raided by the operatives of the agency.
The raid was conducted by operatives from the Oyo State Command and its neighbouring states of Osun and Ondo.
The operatives invaded and destroyed the plantation as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce the rate at which cannabis was being cultivated in the state.
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The deputy commander said that operatives from the other states had to be deployed due to the large expanse of the reservation covered by cannabis.
"What we are doing is to re-enforce our strategy and this a continuous exercise because we can not allow the substance to be harvested by the culprits.
"When we came in June and saw the magnitude, we had to inform the headquarters, so that our manpower would be reinforced," he said
In his remarks, Paul Asuquo, a Chief Superintendent of Narcotics for the Agency, tasked well-meaning Nigerians on vigilance and urged them to report any suspicious activities within their environment, so as to help tackle the menace of illicit drug cultivation