NDLEA invade Edo forest, confiscates cannabis worth N1.4bn

NDLEA invade Edo forest, confiscates cannabis worth N1.4bn
Charles Nwoke, Benin, Nigeria
February 7, 2021 

Agents of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have confiscated cannabis worth N1.4bn in Ukpuje Forest, in the Owan West Local Government Area Council of Edo State.

Seven suspected persons were equally apprehended for having hands-on cannabis weighing 233,778 kilograms reportedly found in four warehouses in the state.

Also, 2,249kg dried weeds were seized, cannabis weighing 231,529kg was decimated on the same farmland.

A statement issued by Buba Wakawa, the state Commander of the agency on Saturday, stated that the confiscation was the biggest single concentration of cannabis discovered by the security agency.

He ascribed the success recorded so far by the operation to the enabling environment made possible by Brigadier-General Buba Marwa, the new Chief Executive of the Agency.

“We took delivery of two new Hilux operational vehicles presented to the command last week. This is the first assignment of the vehicles and it turned out to be the best for the command. We are grateful to the chairman, and this is a clear warning that there is no room for drug barons in the state.

“The warehouses are located in the heart of the forest, yet we were able to uncover them based on intelligence gathering. The cannabis warehouses were located at Ukpuje Forest.

“The community is notorious for cannabis cultivation and trafficking as well as attacks on law enforcement officers but stood still as a combined team of NDLEA and combatant military personnel overran the drug trafficking syndicates due to our superior firepower,” Wakawa narrated.

The NDLEA Boss identified the suspects as a vigilantes group leader in Ukpuje, Emmanuel Oki, 62; one Chief Odi Sabato, 42; Bright Edegbe, 53; Gowon Ehimigbai, 53; Enodi Ode, 37; Ayo Oni, 30; and Akhime Benjamin, 43.

“The operation lasted from Thursday night through Friday night February 5, 2021. The suspects will be investigated and charged,” he added.