The Edo Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on Friday destroyed eight hectares of cannabis sativa farms in the state.
The farms are located in Upokhoten forest, Uzzebba village in Owan West Local Government Area of the state.
Operatives of the command were led on a three-hour journey to the farms where the plantations were cut and set ablaze.
Briefing newsmen after the operation, Ondotimi Bebetu, the command’s Assistant Commander in charge of Operations, said the destruction followed an intelligence-led surveillance, leading to an arrest of three suspects two weeks ago.
Bebetu, who is also the spokesperson for the command, said the two farms were equal to more than 17 tons of cannabis sativa and worth million of naira.
He said, “This destruction is taking place via a follow up activities where some suspects have been arrested two weeks ago.
The second farm in the same proximity measuring 0.68 hectares, is equal to 1.7 tons. When you sum up the two together, you arrive at 17.4 tons of cannabis destroyed right now.
“Unfortunately this land ought to have been used for cultivation of food crops.
“We are using this opportunity to tell the public to give information on how and where to get to these farmlands.
It is them, their youths and the families that are exposed to the health risk of the cannabis production which they consume every day,” he said.