Thursday, August 19, 2010
"You Better Be Glad We Only Deal Drugs"
A drug suspect said he and his colleagues did the country great service by favouring the drug trade instead of involving themselves in such deadlier pursuits as armed robbery and assassinations.
Ajayi Ghana, who was paraded in front of journalists Monday afternoon, blamed the prevalent economic hardship in the country for his involvement in the drug trade.
Twenty-year-old Paul Oluwatosin who was paraded with Mr Gana told newsmen that he was a scrap metal dealer who resorted to trading in hard drugs because it pays better. Another suspect, Akinwale Olalekan, blamed his involvement on the death of his parents who passed away when he was young. Five cannabis dealers were similarly paraded by officials of the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Ado Ekiti.
The State Commander of the agency, Bamidele Akingbade, said 73 suspects have been arrested since he assumed office in May, 2010 and that the Agency has discovered about 76 acres of land used as cannabis plantation. He said about thirteen drug abusers were arrested at Atikankan Area as well as at Motor-parks and other dangerous spots in Ado Ekiti, and those found culpable will soon be prosecuted .
He said his Agency is now partnering with the Police, Civil Defence Corps and Forest Guards to control the activities of those engaged in farming cannabis.