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800 hectares of Indian hemp destroyed in Ekiti

07 March 2014, 20:16

Ado-Ekiti - The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Ekiti State says it destroyed 800 hectares of Indian hemp and arrested 310 drug peddlers in 2013.

Its state Commander, Bamidele Akingbade, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday.

He said of the 310  suspects arrested for drug-related offences, 110 were convicted while 11.5 tonnes of drugs were burnt.

Akingbade, however, expressed worry over the increasing number of youths smoking and selling cannabis as well as other hard drugs.

He called on farmers to take advantage of the good soil texture in the state to  cultivate food crops instead of Indian hemp.

Akingbade said some of the youths ventured into the illicit  drug  business as a result of ignorance, unemployment and poverty.

He commended Governor Kayode Fayemi for  providing vehicles, rehabilitation homes as well as sponsorship of campaign programmes on radio and television.

Akingbade  advised youths and politicians not to engage in the illicit drug business, vowing that the command would ensure the prosecution of those arrested.

-  NAN

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