By Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
The Kogi State Command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has expressed worries over the changing status of the state from transit route to a cultivator of Indian hemp (marijuana cannabis sativa).
The Commander of the Agency in Kogi state, Alfred Adewumi expressed the concern on Tuesday, when officials of NDLEA embarked on destruction of over four Kilometres stretch of Cannabis Sativa farms worth N1.5 billlion in Igalamela/Odolu Local Government Area of the State .
Adewumi who addressed journalists at the farm center located at Kara Forest in Agbokete Community, stated that Kogi state was gradually being turned into a producer of the illicit drug, said he was worried about the changing status of Kogi State from a transit route to cultivating state of the illicit drug.
” I want to tell you that I am astounded, shocked and perplexed that something as huge and enormous as this can be discovered in Kogi State.
“Our assumption is that Kogi State , even though it is surrounded by some states that are notorious for cannabis Sativa cultivation, is just simply a transit point because of her strategic location, however, to discover that within Kogi State we can have plantation of this huge proportion is something that has shocked me to the marrow,”he added
Adewumi told Newsmen that the startling discovery was as result of intelligence gathered by the operatives of the command, who had placed the suspect on surveillance and was subsequently arrested .
” I will simply tell you that it is very enormous plantation of cannabis sativa .It is not just one single farmland . And of course, all of you have been on my entourage and we have walked within farms for over four kilometres and we are still within the farms .
“So to begin to describe what I have seen today is simply to tell you that I am shocked that Kogi State is now being used as a place where Cannabis Sativa is being cultivated so extensively
“I must tell you that what we have here is far in excess of the 10- hectares of cannabis sativa farmland discovered earlier on , in excess of the 7.5 hactares of Cannabis Sativa we discovered sometimes in mid September.
“If you put all of these farms together you will see we will be talking of over 35 hectares of Cannabis Sativa plantation. To begin to talk about the market value , to be frank with you we are talking about more than N1.5billion of cultivated illicit drugs here “, he added
Adewumi commended the Kogi state government for the support given to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, to even be able to embark on this destruction exercise, pointing out that without its support, the command wouldn’t have been able to achieve this great feat in combating drug problems .
He stated that the Suspect, Ameh Joseph will soon be charged to Court, appealing that those involved in cannabis sativa should desist as the command would leave no stone unturned towards ridding the state of illicit use and cultivation of drugs.
The suspect , Ameh Joseph told Journalists that he was the owner of a section of the farm, stressing that he ventured into cannabis sativa business when he was faced by harsh economic crisis .
He however expressed regret and vowed never go back to the cannabis business again, warning other youths not to involve in any illegal business because it will land them in trouble as it can backfire.
#EndSARS: 2 Minor, 4 Others Hoodlums Nabbed For Burning Ekiti Police Facilities
The Ekiti State Police Command on Monday paraded six suspects over alleged attack on three police facilities in Ekiti State during the #EndSARS protest.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that two of the suspects paraded are minors: Odeyemi Sina, aged 12, and Ayomide Akomolafe (13).
Other suspects paraded are Alao Emmanuel, Ojuko Tobi, Sunday Salihu and Kosedake Olamilekan.
People suspected to be hoodlums last week razed two Divisional Police Stations and the Area Command office in Ikere Ekiti when the #EndSARS protest was hijacked.
Parading the suspects, Sunday Abutu, the Police Public Relations Officer in the State, said the minors were arrested at the scene of the incident.
According to Abutu, the suspects were caught in the act and they have confessed to the crime.
Abutu added that the suspects and others, now at large, also looted the exhibit room and set the station ablaze, including all the vehicles parked in and around the stations.
Abutu said: “When the EndSARS protest started, everything was done peacefully until the 20th of October when some hoodlums stormed our Area Command in Ikere Divisional Police Station and burnt the police station and vehicles there.
“They also went to two other divisional police stations, particularly the Afao Ikere division, and set the stations and vehicles there ablaze.
“Some police officers were even wounded while others had to run for their lives.
“A Joint Operation Team of the Police, the Military and other security Agencies was immediately deployed to the scene to stop further damage.
“In the process, six suspects were arrested at the scene of crime while others ran away. In their confessional statements, the suspects agreed that they actively participated in the burning of the police stations.
“We are spreading our dragnets and all the names mentioned by these suspects will be arrested.
“They are all at large, but we are trailing them and in the course of investigation, they will be apprehended.”
#EndSARS: Kogi Police Command Arrests 56 Suspected Looters.
Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
Kogi state police command has paraded 56 persons suspected to be looters of items at various warehouses in Lokoja, the state capital.
Following the nationwide EndSARS protests by youth, hoodlums infiltrated and changed the narrative to violence, killings, looting and destruction of public and private properties in some parts of the country.
To restore normalcy, the police , police has to act fast to get rid of criminals masquerading as protesters inflicting harm on lives and property as well as endangering the peaceful coexistence of Nigerians.
The state Commissioner of Police, Ayuba Ekpeji Edeh, who paraded the suspects on Monday, said upon the reports of looting of some government facilities across Lokoja metropolis, heads of security agencies were promptly mobilised to halt further slide into lawlessness and brigandage.
He explained that with the cooperation of various security agencies a joint operation was carried out with dedication and passion resulting in the arrest of 56 suspected persons alleged to have looted warehouses at the Agricultural Development Project, Essential Drugs store and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture in Lokoja.
Items recovered from suspects include, a Peugeot 407 with registration number APP 897 AZ, containing assorted drugs and medical equipment allegedly stolen from the Essential drugs warehouse.
Others are 2 sacks containing dismembered air conditioners,computers and electronics,medical equipment, spraying cans and ceiling fans .
Also over 40 tricycles and 66 motor cycles used in conveying looted items have been impounded.
Commissioner Ayuba, who commended the security agencies for their cooperation and commitment to duty, also hailed the entire people of the state for their understanding, advising them to go about their lawful businesses.
The police boss equally warned criminals and miscreant that the command in synergy with other security agencies in the state will not hesitate to apply the full wrath of law against deviants who take law in to their hands.
He therefore expressed the renewed commitment of the command in the fight against criminality,assuring that protection of lives properties remains top priority.
The following persons are the suspected hoodlums arrested by the police over looted items.
1. Abdulrahman Nuhu ————————- 33yrs
2. Bala Joshua ————————- 25yrs
3. Mohammed Ahmodu————————- 45yrs
4. Umar Ibrahim ————————- 40yrs
5. Jude Obinna ————————- 20yrs
6. Ado Ibrahim ————————- 17yrs
7. Damudi Adamu ————————- 23yrs
8. Haruna Mohamed————————- 51yrs
9. Adamu Yahaya ————————- 45yrs
10. Tijani Danjuma ————————- 24yrs
11. Muhammed Umar ————————- 29yrs
12. Lukman Abdullazeez ——————— 41yrs
13. Abu Ebuka ————————– 38yrs
14. Umoru Abdulmalik ——————– 30yrs
15. Hassan Salihu ————————- 40yrs
16. Mohammed Abdulkareem————— 48yrs
17. Mamuda Idris ————————– 35yrs
18. Ismaila Audu—————————- 31yrs
The suspects are as follows:-
1. Sunday Edino ————————- 46yrs
2. Mary Esude ————————- 50yrs
3. Olapeju Jethro ——————— 45yrs
4. Mohammed Umar ——————- 22yrs
5. Ibrahim Abdulrazak —————- 17yrs
6. Jethro Seye ————————- 22yrs
7. Rufai Otaru ————————- 30yrs
8. Abubakar Umar ———————- 38yrs
9. Alfa Adamu ————————- 25yrs. Exhibits recovered are as follows:- (a). Peugeot 407, Reg. N0 Lagos APP 897 AZ containing different types of assorted drugs and medical equipments stolen from the Government’s Essential drugs warehouse.
C) Further investigation led to the arrest of additional thirteen (13) suspects in connection with the breaking and looting of Essential Drugs at the Kogi State Agricultural Development Project and the Ministry of Works warehouse and carted away items and equipment values yet to be ascertained. Suspects arrested are as follows:-
1. Jegeri Isah ————————- 18yrs
2. Ibrahim David ————————- 39yrs
3. Umoru Micheal ———————– 23yrs
4. Osama Ibrahim ———————– 27yrs
5. Aliyu Usman ————————- 25yrs
6. Abdulrazak Mati ———————- 28yrs
7. Sadiq Lawal ————————- 18yrs
8. Halifa Danladi ————————- 18yrs
9. Akwu Kedonoja ————————- 18yrs
10. Tenimu Salihu ———————— 27yrs
11. John Moses ————————- 34yrs
12. Osama Abubakar ——————— 18yrs
13. Nezipah Abdullahi ——————– 18yrs
#EndSARS: Police Arrest Pastor Over Looted N1.2b Medical Equipment In Kogi
A Kogi-based Pastor, Sunday Edino and his accomplices was arrested with medical equipment suspected to have been looted from a public facility in Lokoja, the state capital.
Edino and his goons were said to have been nabbed by the state’s Commissioner of Police, Ede Ayuba and his men on Monday.
Our gathered that the equipment worth over N1.2b kept in a warehouse in Lokoja were recently vandalized and looted by hoodlums.
The Commissioner of police in Kogi State and his men swiftly launched a manhunt on the criminals which led to the arrest of Pastor Sunday Edino and others.
Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello had earlier warned that youths should conduct themselves peacefully while protesting but threatened that his administration will not spare the protesters should they engage in criminal activities.
The #EndSARS protest has been under control in Kogi State owing to the fact the state governor, Yahaya Bello had earlier lent his voice in support of the youths who were protesting against police brutality across the nation.
However, hoodlums invaded the Agricultural Development Project office along Lokoja-Okene road in the early hours of Monday and carted away fertilizers and other agrochemicals procured to assist farmers during the dry season.season
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