By Umar Yusuf
YOLA – Officials of National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Adamawa State Command, have arrested the Village Head of Zah in Michika Local Government Area and three of his subjects for allegedly cultivating plantsÂ suspected to be Indian hemp.
Addressing newsmen in Yola, the State Commander of NDLEA, Alhaji Hassan Abdullahi said, earlier in the month, that an arrest of four suspects was made in a village called Zah in MichikaÂ for owning an Indian hemp plantation of about two hectares.
Abdullahi disclosed that the plantation also hasÂ groundnut, beans and guinea-corn aimed at confusing observers.
He named the suspected village head as Samuel Sunday, 45, stressing that the quantity of the drugs seized was 130 kilograms.
According to him, the command is still investigating the case, adding that the four suspects would be arraigned in court as efforts are being made to remand them in prison custody.
While applauding the efforts of the general public in giving useful information to the command, the NDLEA boss explained that they got a tip-off through a member of what he called â€œprofessional informantsâ€ whose job is to always provide information about those dealing in drugs or any other vices in the society.
He further explained that before the arrest of the four suspects, a middle-aged woman was arrested as a lead. She was arrested with about two kilogram of Indian hemp and it was later discovered that there was a small garden behind her house in Michika.
Speaking on the other arrests made in Madagali Local Government Area of the state by the Command, Abdullahi said that an arrest was made but refused to disclose the quantity of the weed.
According to the NDLEA boos, â€œthe dealers are neither pharmacists nor patent medicine dealers. They are just middle-men who have seen the trading in drugs as a valuable venture rather than professional as they only act as agents.â€