Stories by Ahmed Ajikobi
An Ilorin- based suspected Marijuana farmer, Nasir Salisu, arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Kwara State command, has claimed not to know how Indian hemp grew at the backyard of his house.
Salisu was arrested by the security operatives for planting Canabis Sativa behind his residence situated at Kulende area of the state capital.
The suspect, who was paraded alongside five others for smuggling the illicit produce to the northern part of the country, told Pilot Crime that the Indian hemp grew miraculously at the back of his house.
He was said to have planted the Cannibis on a 500 square metres land.
Salisu during the interview with our reporter shortly after the parade by NDLEA on Wednesday, confessed to be an Indian hemp addict.
“I am not a Marijuana farmer, I just discovered that it grew at the back of my house. I was surprised to see it grow behind my house.
“I always say to myself that if NDLEA discover it in my backyard I will be in trouble and now I am in trouble.
“Although, I smoke Indian hemp at the back of my house every morning and I have been smoking for a very long time. I rear goats and sheep,” he explained.
Meanwhile, the NDLEA, Kwara State Command paraded six suspected Marijuana dealers in Ilorin.
Among the suspects are Isyaku Lawal, Salisu Muhammed and Nasir Salisu nabbed at different locations within the state for producing Cannabis Sativa.
Speaking during the Parade, the state Commander, Ambrose Umoru said operatives of the command on September 25, 2019 intercepted a trailer with the registration number Kano GWL 28XA with 500kg of Cannabis Sativa along Jebba-Mokwa highway, during which five suspects were arrested.
Umoru said further that the driver of the truck, Isyaku Lawal and his co- driver, Salisu Mohammed had concealed the exhibit with other items in the vehicle heading to the northern part of the country, adding that the operatives acted based on tip off.
“The driver claimed they loaded the exhibit at the Akinyele motor park in Ibadan and were billed to deliver it in Bida, Niger State.
“The driver couldn’t name any specific contact from Ibadan or the expected recipient at the Bida axis, ” the Commander stated.
According to him, investigation at the command revealed that the driver specialised in using the truck which belongs to a Chinese company, SLC Trucks, Lagos to convey Cannabis Sativa from western part of the country to the North.
“They cleverly concealed the recovered exhibit in condemned rubber slippers and shoes loaded along with garri.
“With this seizure the command has successfully removed half a tonne of Canabis Sativa from circulation and saved some of the nation’s youth from falling victim of the use of this hard drug.”
Speaking on Nasir Salisu’s case for using his backyard for Cannabis plantation at Kulende, Sango area of Ilorin.
“His backyard measured at 500 square metres was used to cultivate the prohibited weed. The suspect was arrested based on the tip off and the farm was destroyed with 12 kg of Cannabis Sativa recovered for the prosecution of the suspect.
“This is the first discovery and destruction of a Cannabis farm in Kwara State by the agency. ” he disclosed.
The Commander charged farmers, hunters and members of the society to join hands with the command to fight crime in the state by giving useful information that will help the command.