A 16 hectares of farmland has been destroyed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Ekiti State.
A statement made available by the NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi via the agency’s website on Sunday, which was seen by Igbere TV, said the cannabis farm spans across 4,000 hectares.
According to the statement, the agency, between Monday and Wednesday, bust some forests in Ijesha Isu-Ekiti, Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti state, where the cannabis farmland was discovered and set ablaze, destroying about 40 tons of cannabis plants.
He added that the NDLEA operatives on Friday, along Okene-Lokoja-Abuja road intercepted two Sienna buses conveying 1,194 cylinders of nitrous oxide popularly known as laughing gas which weighed 2,547.2 kilograms meant for delivery in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
“No fewer than 1,194 cylinders of laughing gas with a total weight of 2,547.2 kilograms loaded in two Toyota Sienna buses were on Friday 22nd September intercepted by NDLEA operatives along Okene-Lokoja-Abuja expressway. Two suspects: Onyebuchi Ikpozu and Kenneth Igwe who were taking the consignments to the nation’s Federal Capital Territory for distribution have been arrested and taken into custody.
“While one of the Toyota Sienna buses marked KTU 582 HV was conveying 99 cartons containing 594 cylinders weighing 1,267.200kgs, the second bus with registration number FKJ 329 YA was conveying 100 cartons of the substance with 600 cylinders weighing 1,280kgs. A 48-year-old woman, Mrs. Ugo Eluba was also arrested in Abuja in a follow-up operation after 2,400 ampules of pentazocine injection and 100,000 tablets of Exol-5 intercepted in Kogi state were traced to her.