In its determination to rid the state of drug trafficking, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Oyo State Command has destroyed 48 hectares of India hemp plantation located at the Saraki Centre of Gambari forest reserve in Oluyole Local Government area of the state capital.
The exercise which lasted for about five hours was conducted by operatives from the NDLEA, Nigeria Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC),the Department of State Services (DSS) as well as officials of the Oyo State Ministry of Natural Resources and Forest Reserve. The state Commander of the agency,Mrs. Omobolade Faboyede, said the agency would not relent in its efforts to rid the state of drug trafficking and abuse.
Mrs. Faboyede called on the Oyo State government to partner it in curbing illegal cannabis planting in the state and thus achieve a drug traffic-free society. It would be recalled that 24 hectares of Indian hemp plantation was destroyed within the same location on June 11. The commander said: “In order to achieve our goal of tackling drug trafficking and cannabis cultivation, we need to partner the state government. “We were here last week and it is shocking to discover another 43 hectares of cannabis and from what we are looking at, it can extend to about 2,000 hectares. “If the state government bring investors to cultivate the land for agricultural purposes, it will be occupied and it will also serve as a means of empowering youths for employment”.