ADO-EKITI – The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Ekiti has  said that it arrested 33 suspects for allegedly cultivating cannabis between January and February, 2015.
The NDLEA Commander, Mr Suleiman Jadi, told newsmen in Ado-Ekiti that the suspects were arrested at various points.
Jadi said they were arrested in different farms and bear parlours within and outside the state capital.
He said that 16 suspects were arrested in January, while 17 were arrested in February.
The commander said that in January it arrested one suspect in Aramoko, Ikole, Are, Omuo-Oke, Emure and Oye-Ekiti, five in Ado, three in Ikere and two in Igede-Ekiti.
Jadi said that in February seven were arrested in Ado, one in Aisegba, Ire and Igede-Ekiti, while two were arrested in Iworoko.
He  listed other arrests in February to include, two at Akoko in Ondo and four in Ilu Abo Forest, a village between Ondo and Ekiti border.
Jadi said that 7.35kg of cannabis were discovered in January, while 93.45kg were discovered in February, making 101kg of cannabis within two months.
“The command is putting all necessary logistics in place to arrest more suspects, while we have intensified our surveillance across the 16 local government areas of the state.
“We are setting out on dry season cannabis cultivation, which is a common phenomenon in the state, just as the rainy season with the aim of discovering more cannabis farms.
“This is the ninth time that cannabis sativa farms are discovered in the state in the last three years,’’ he said.
He charged residents of Ekiti not to relent in giving useful information on how to discover more hideout of hard drugs and Indian hemp dealers.