The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA has publicly destroyed 86,779.1kg of cannabis worth six hundred and nineteen million (N619,000,000) naira.
The action took place in Akure, the Ondo State Capital in compliance with a court order issued by Justice Ishaq Sani of the Federal High Court Akure.
Chairman of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade told guests at the event that the Federal Government is determined to stop cannabis cultivation in the country.
He said “it gladdens my heart that we are gathered here today to destroy what destroys lives and destinies. Cannabis eradication is a priority project for the Nigerian government. Unless drug barons quit the criminal act, the cannabis farms will be traced and the deadly plants destroyed. Drug barons will equally be arrested and prosecuted in line with the NDLEA Act”.
He added that the agency will in addition confiscate all ill-gotten proceeds of drug trafficking and forfeit same to the Federal Government.
The Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ali Olanusi commended the NDLEA for the success of drug control programmes in Ondo State. “Ondo State command of the NDLEA is working tirelessly in reducing the problem of drug trafficking. The large seizures of drugs and raid operations by the Agency in the last three years have brought sanity to the State.
He said “The State government has provided three operational vehicles and will continue to support the anti-drug Agency. I urge every stakeholder to assist the Agency in this daunting task”
The destruction of 86,779.1kg of cannabis whose cases have been concluded in court brings the total quantity of drugs destroyed in the State since 2011 to 184,575.52kg.