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NDLEA destroys 42.9 hectares of hemp farmlands in Ekiti

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About 42.9 hectares of Cannabis sativa (Indian Hemp) farmlands were destroyed by the National Drug Laws Enforcement Agency,(NDLEA), Ekiti Command in the year 2021.

The NDLEA Commander in Ekiti, Anthony Olowonihi, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Ado-Ekiti.

Olowonihi said the destructions were carried out in Ise-Ekiti and Eporo-Ekiti, in Ise Local Government Area and Emure Local Government Area, respectively, between January 2021 and December 2021.

The Ekiti NDLEA boss, who decried the increasing rate of drug abuse in the state, said a total of 5,140 kilogrammes of Cannabis sativa, known as Indian hemp, was also seized within the period under review.

“There was a rise in the use of illicit drugs in Ekiti in 2021. In January we seized 29kg of Cannabis sativa and down the line it kept increasing.

“By September we seized 61kg, while nine hectares of Indian hemp farmlands were destroyed and in October another 32 hectares of farmlands was destroyed on Use-Ekiti forest and Eporo in Emure.

NAN/Editing by Tina Oyinsan