Ado-Ekiti – The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Friday discovered a 600-acre hemp farm at Ode-Ekiti in the Gbonyin Local Government Area of Ekiti.
The Commandant of the NDLEA in Ekiti, Mr Dele Akingbade, in Ado-Ekiti said that the hemp farm was the largest individually-owned hemp farm in Ekiti.
Akingbade said that the cost of the hemp farm was too huge to be determined immediately.
He described the discovery of the farm as one of the `biggest feats’ of the agency in the state.
Akingbade said the agency made the discovery on a vast expanse of land on July 24.
According to him, the discovery follows a tip-off by concerned members of the public.
The NDLEA chief said that four suspects, all men, were apprehended in connection with the discovery.
Akingbade said that four suspects were arrested while working on the farm.
He said that the suspects, who confessed to being labourers, disclosed that the owner of the farm paid them N1,000 per day as wage.
Akingbade said that the agency had been making efforts to arrest the owner of the farm through a 24-hour surveillance mounted by men of the agency.
He said that the suspects, who were still in the agency’s custody, would be prosecuted soon.
The commandant said that officials of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime from Vienna had visited the farm, due to its largeness. (NAN)