Mustapha Muhammad Tukur
The National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said it had destroyed a marijuana farm worth over N1.5 billion in Agbokete community of Igalamela-Adolu Local Government Area in Kogi state.
The NDLEA commander in Kogi, Alfred Adewumi, confirmed the development while speaking with journalists on Wednesday.
He said the farm was discovered through intelligence gathering by its operatives.
“I want to tell you that I am astounded, shocked, and perplexed that something as huge and enormous as this can be discovered in Kogi state,” Adewumi exclaimed.
“Our assumption is that Kogi state, even though it is surrounded by some states that are notorious for cannabis sativa cultivation, is just simply a transit point because of her strategic location.
“To discover that within Kogi state we can have a plantation of this huge proportion is something that has shocked me to the marrow.
“It is an enormous plantation of cannabis sativa; it is not just one single farmland. All of you have been in my entourage and we have walked within the farm which is over four kilometres and are still within the farm.
“So, to begin to describe what I have seen today is simply to tell you that I am shocked that Kogi state is now being used as a place where cannabis sativa is being cultivated so extensively.
“I must tell you that what we have here is far in excess of the 7.5 hectares of cannabis sativa we discovered sometime in mid-September. If you put all of these farms together, you will see we will be talking of over 35 hectares of cannabis sativa plantation.
“To begin to talk about the market value, to be frank with you we are talking about more than N1.5 billion of cultivated illicit drugs here.”
Adewumi added that Ameh Joseph, the owner of the farm, would be prosecuted as soon as investigations were completed.
He warned those involved in the cultivation of the drug to desist from the act as the agency would not hesitate to apprehend anyone caught.
The state NDLEA had, earlier in September, destroyed a 10-hectare cannabis plantation in Okula community, Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi.