A suspected cannabis sativa farmer, Clement Akor, has appealed to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to take his life rather than destroy his 10-hectare cannabis plantation.
Akor, a 42-year-old father of six from Enabo village in Ankpa Local Government Area of Kogi State, was arrested by the Kogi State command of NDLEA alongside his accomplice, David Ameh.
Akor, who claimed he had invested so much in the business and could not afford to lose it, said he learnt the trade in Owo, Ondo State.
The suspect wept profusely in the bid to stop the NDLEA officials led by its commander, Alfred Adewumi, from destroying his farm, which is located in Oketepe in Okula community, screaming he would rather prefer to die and watch the officers destroyed what he had worked hard for in the last one year.
He noted that he was aware of the law banning the sale of cannabis Sativa. “I am the owner of this farm. I learnt it in Yorubaland. When I cultivated one last year, it was stolen. So it is this year I bought seed from Yorubaland to plant a new one before I was caught. Destroying it now would be burning to ashes my two years’ effort.
“Indian hemp business is luck. In this farm, I can get many bags here. I can sell one bag for N20,000 depending on the area. It could mean more. I spent N12,000 for labour to cultivate this farm.
“This is my business. I spent a lot to allow this plant to grow up to this level. In the next two weeks, I am supposed to harvest it. Now you people have come here to destroy it. Just kill me so that I won’t see you people destroying what I have laboured for. I am looking for money because I am illiterate. I don’t want to engage in armed robbery or kidnapping; that is why I am into this business,” he wailed.
His action forced the NDLEA commander, Alfred Adewumi, to calm him down insisting that the war against illicit use of drug is on course in Kogi. Adewumi lamented the increasing wave of illicit use and cultivation of marijuana in the state.