Ekiti State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has destroyed five hectares of Cannabis sativa farmland in the state.
The Indian hemp farm, located in a deep forest of Ire Ekiti in Oye Local Council of the state was over 20 kilometers away from the community.
The huge expanse of Cannabis sativa farmland, it was gathered, was discovered and destroyed by the NDLEA operatives, following a tip-off by an intelligence source.
Addressing newsmen shortly after the destruction of the farm, the deputy Commandant, NDLEA Ekiti State Command, Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim, said eight suspects were arrested and 1,465 kilogrammes of the illicit substances was recovered during the operation.
According to Ibrahim, who led NDLEA team to the farm, “ 1,465 kilograms of Cannabis sativa popularity known as Indian hemp was recovered while eight suspects were arrested.
“The exhibits have been evacuated to the state Command headquarters of the NDLEA in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
“The investigation on the matter is currently ongoing and whoever is found culpable will definitely be prosecuted,” he said.
Residents of the state had in recent times expressed concerns over increasing consumption of Indian hemp and other illicit drugs in the state.