The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a 32-year-old Anas Sani, a father of two for allegedly planting Indian hemp in Sokoto state.
Parading the suspect at their command headquarters on Saturday, the state’s Commander, Iro Adamu, said this was the first time such a farm was discovered in the state.
“The discovery was made last Friday’s night at Sanyinna area in Tambuwal local government of the state, following an intelligent report.
“It was planted on the maize farm so that only expert could understand what it is.
“It was a foreign variety which is very effective and costly,” he said.
Adamu noted that, this was the first time such a farm was discovered in the state, which he said called for a rigorous campaign and patrol in order to discourage locals from venturing into this unlawful business.
One Ana’s Sani, 32 years old believed to be the owner of the plantation was arrested and after their investigation would be charged to court.
In an interview with newsmen, the suspect, a father of two said he learnt the business while owning a provision shop in Lagos.
“I am a first timer in the business. I learnt it while living in Lagos and decided to give it a trial at my hometown of Sanyinna.
“My elder brother tried his best to discourage me but i ignored all his advices..
“I thank God that I am arrested before starting reaping of my benefit business.
“I am ready to face the consequences of my action because it will encourage ohers who are interesting in the business,” he said.