The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Nasarawa State has arrested the village head of Koje community in Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Area of the state for allegedly cultivating and harvesting 12kg Indian hemp otherwise called cannabis sativa in his farm land.
The village head, Mr. Samuel Agu, 60, was paraded on Friday at the NDLEA command office in Lafia, the state capital.
The NDLEA commander in the state, Mr. Sumaila Ethan, said, “On March 4, 2016, we arrested Mr. Samuel Agu, the village head with bags of cannabis sativa weighing about 12 kg.
“The village head confessed that he had been getting the supply of the cannabis seeds from a Fulani herdsman, the weed seized from him was the remnant of what he harvested from his farm.
“The village head, who is expected to live an exemplary life style that is worthy of emulation, was the same person selling cannabis for consumption”.
Mr. Ethan, however, expressed concern that those entrusted with the responsibilities of deterring criminality in their various domains were the ones getting involved in it, describing the development as ungodly and unfortunate.
“It is pertinent to alert the people of the state and the whole world that, there is an alarming increase in the activities of illicit barons in the state particularly those entrusted with positions of leadership in our rural communities”, he added.
The NDLEA chief also said that from January 2016 to date, the command had arrested 28 suspects in the state and about 460kg of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances were also confiscated.
“Out of the number, seven drug barons were successfully prosecuted and convicted at the Federal High Court, Lafia while 10 others were successfully rehabilitated. Other cases are ongoing at the Federal High Court, Lafia”, he said.