The agency complained of inadequate funding by the federal government.
Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Ondo State have made a seizure of 24 tons of Cannabis Sativa in the first quarter of this year.
The seizures were made at government forests and black spots in the state.
The State Commander of the Agency, Water Nicholas, who disclosed this while addressing reporters in Akure, said the seizure is higher than what was seized in the first quarter of the last two years
He said In spite of the spirited efforts by the officials of the agency to curb the trend, the seizures have continued unabated
“The latest seizure is alarming. An estimated 24 tons were seized in the first quarter of the year. We have succeeded in sending 60% of those who deal in cannabis in the state.
“60 percent of cannabis dealers have been flushed out of the state and we intend to send more away. We have been able to achieve this through concerted efforts with relevant stakeholders.
“We still need the cooperation of traditional rulers to ensure Ondo state is rid of cannabis cultivation. Traditional rulers should stop releasing land to Indian hemp cultivators,” he said.
The NDLEA commander said government needs to fund the agency adequately to meet its challenges
“We lack operational vehicles. If not for Ondo State Government that came to our aid with two vehicles we will still be lagging behind.
“We also need adequate funding from the federal government to ensure that we are always in the road to arrest the Indian hemp sellers and cultivators,” he said.
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