NDLEA Destroys 255 Hectares of Cannabis Farms, Arrests 13 in Ondo

In a major operation seven-day operation, operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have destroyed a total of 255 hectares of cannabis farms spread across five local government areas of Ondo state.

They also arrested 13 suspects and recovered 250 kg of cannabis seeds as well as 63.85kg cannabis weeds during the operation deep inside five major forests, including Omolowo/Powerline, Ipele, Ala, Ogbese, Utte and Okuluse forests, stretched across five local council areas of the state.

Codenamed ‘Operation Abub’, the exercise began at the Ogbese forest on Tuesday, February 15 and lasted till Monday, February 21, 2022.

At the Ogbese forest, a suspect, Olatunde Olaoluwa, was arrested in his cannabis farm measuring 10 hectares, which was destroyed and burnt along with other cannabis farms spread across the Ogbese riverbank.

The following day, February 16, the Agency’s Strike Force operatives, in their numbers, stormed Ipele forest, where they arrested Amos Mark, Luke Job, Monday Momoh and Otunuya Waya, and went on to destroy 19 hectares of irrigated cannabis plantations.

One of the suspects, who escaped during the farm destruction, was later arrested in his house.

On Wednesday, February 17, the anti-Narcotics beamed their searchlight on the Omolowo community in Ogbese area where they arrested one Mary Udonije inside a 10-hectare farm. She was nabbed with 16.5kg of cannabis seeds and 4.5 kg of processed cannabis.

Also recovered in the farm was an irrigation pumping machine with over 700 metres hose for watering the illicit weed.
Not less than 154kg of cannabis seeds was also seized at Ala forest, Akure North Council Area of the state, with over 30 hectares of irrigation cannabis farms destroyed and burnt.

A suspect, John Mike, who claimed to be a labourer was also apprehended with 2.5kg of cannabis seeds.

Day four of the operation yielded additional 54 hectares of cannabis farm at Utte and Okuluse forest, Ose Council Area, which was subsequently destroyed. Ninety five kilograms of cannabis seeds, 2.5kg of processed cannabis sativa and a pumping machine with long hose were recovered during the operation.

On day five, operatives arrested one Anthony Agbe, 58, with 43kg of fresh cannabis inside a farm that was earlier destroyed at Ogbese. He claimed he was contracted by one Henry Daniel, aka, Calender, who is at large, to help gather the destroyed cannabis weeds.

On the same day, one Ahmadu Abubakar was arrested with three Dane guns in a hut within a farm where over three hectares were destroyed at Akure North Council Area of the state.

On the last day of the operation, Monday, February 21, the operatives destroyed over 50 clusters of cannabis farm spread across 47 hectares and seized 2kg of cannabis seeds. The NDLEA Strike Force, drawn from Edo, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo states anti-narcotics commands, also apprehended a suspect, Olorunlogo Lekan, inside a large cannabis farm measuring 10 hectares at Ala forest before setting it on fire.

In the course of the week-long operation, the Strike Force destroyed at least, 72 hectares of other cannabis farms in small clusters close to the identified ones in the five forests.

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