The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has revealed that most Nigerian farmers have abandoned growing food and economic crops for cannabis in a bid to become instant millionaires.
The NDLEA chairman, Ahmadu Giade in a statement, Saturday, said; “It is sad and disturbing that most farmers are now abandoning food and economic crops for cannabis.”
The NDLEA, last year arrested 8,052 suspected drug traffickers, including 542 women, according to the statement.
The NDLEA boss also said that more than 1,400 hectares of land was used last year for cannabis plantation.
“This 1,404.27 hectares of land could have changed the fortunes of our agricultural sector if properly utilised,” he stated.
The agency seized drugs worth 33 billion naira ($208 million/ 152 million euros) last year and prosecuted 1,720 suspects, it stated. It did not say how many suspects the agency convicted.
Among the drugs seized were cannabis, heroin, cocaine, ephedrine, methamphetamine and amphetamine, the NDLEA said.
“We shall continue to dislodge more drug trafficking syndicates because anytime we intercept drug from criminals, we are indirectly saving lives,” Giade said.