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NDLEA destroys 17 hectares cannabis farm in Ondo

By Bukola Olamona

The Ondo State Commandant of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mr. Kayode Raji, has disclosed that the agency has seized over 18,000 kilograms of assorted drugs and destroyed approximately 56 farmlands across various locations in the state.

The most recent operation involved the destruction of a 17-hectare cannabis sativa farmland.

Mr. Raji who stated this while fielding questions from newsmen stated that around 440 suspects have been arrested, with many facing charges in court, and 41 convictions have been secured so far.

He said the agency has also intensified its awareness campaigns, reaching about 120 schools, garages, and markets, and has successfully rehabilitated 12 drug addicts.

“We believe that awareness campaigns are as important, if not more important, than arrests and convictions. Bringing awareness of the effects of drug use to the public significantly helps their future, so we hold it in high esteem,” Raji stated.

He highlighted that these accomplishments have been achieved between January and July this year, emphasizing that more work is needed.

Additionally, the agency recently decorated 51 officers and men promoted by the NDLEA Chairman, Brig Buba Marwa (Rtd).

Mr. Raji noted that promotions in the agency are a privilege, not a right: “In our trade, promotion is a privilege and not a right because many are qualified but only a few vacancies exist. When chosen, you should consider yourself lucky.”

He reminded the newly promoted officers that with their new ranks come greater responsibilities, urging them to maintain the agency’s reputation and not to bring it into disrepute.

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Two of the promoted officers, Deputy Commandant of Narcotics Afenfia Kenedy and Assistant Superintendent of Narcotics Babalola Morenikeji, expressed their gratitude for the promotions and their commitment to furthering their service to the agency.

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