The Edo State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has said that it has impounded about 10, 209 kilograms of substances suspected to be cannabis between April and September 2013.
The state Commander, Alhaji Sani Sani, made this revelation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin on Monday.
Alhaji Sani revealed that more than 28.3 hectares of farmland grown with the weeds were destroyed within the said period.
“During this period, 147 persons comprising 108 males and 39 females were arrested while eight vehicles were impounded in connection with the crime.
“The command has also arrested 61 persons, comprising 46 males and 15 females, and seized three vehicles between April and June.
“Between July and September, we arrested 86 persons comprising 62 males and 24 females, while we seized five vehicles.
“During the same period, 37 persons were convicted, while 46 cases were still pending in various high courts all across the state.
“It was not all arrest and seizure as we counselled 73 persons on the dangers inherent in getting involved in trafficking in illicit drugs,” he said.
The state commander said that one of the major challenges facing the agency was some people’s wrong perception of the war on illicit drugs.
He said inadequate arms and ammunitions, manpower, vehicles and other logistics like funding, hand and leg cuffs were some of the challenges facing the state command.