A suspected Indian hemp (cannabis) farmer, Clement Akor, has pleaded with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to take his life instead of destroying his 10 hectare cannabis farm.
Clement Akor, a 42-year-old father of six children from Enabo village in the Ankpa Local Government Area of Kogi State, Nigeria, and his accomplice, David Ameh, were arrested by the Kogi State Command of the NDLEA.
Clement Akor, claimed that he had invested a great amount into the business and could not afford to lose it all, he also stated that he learnt dealing in Indian hemp from Owo, Ondo State.
The suspect, who cried and tried his best to stop the men of the NDLEA, led by the commander, Alfred Adewumi, from destroying his farm in Oketepe, Okula community, about 10 kilometres from Ejule, stating that he preferred to die than watch the officers destroy what he worked hard for in the last year.
He stated that he knew that there was a ban on the sale of Indian hemp, but insisted that it was a risky business.
Clement Akor stated that he is the owner of the farm, he learnt it in Yoruba land, when he prepared the produce last year, and it was stolen.
Therefore this year, he bought the seed from Yoruba land and planted it before he was caught.
He stated that the Indian hemp business is by luck.
The farm produces many bags and he sells one bag for N20,000, depending on the area where he is selling it.
He stated that he spent N12,000 on preparing the farm.
He also went on to say he spent a lot to allow the plant to grow to the level it is at.
Clement Akor stated that he decided to get into the business in order to make money because he is illiterate and would not like to do armed robberies and kidnapping so this was his only plan of making money.
Alfred Adewumi, however, told Clememt Akor that the war against illicit drug use was on course in the state.
Addressing journalists shortly after the destruction of the farm, Alfred Adewumi raised awareness of the increasing of preparing illicit and use of cannabis sativa in the state.
He stated that the two suspects were arrested for gathering information, by the officer in command.
The commander noted that the latest information came three days after the command arrested the two suspects named Endurance Samson and Abah Sunday for alleged possession of 36.2 kilograms of Indian hemp.
Alfred Adewumi stated that the Indian hemp was more than three football fields, and that he is worried about the development because he thought that Kogi State would not get to this state.
He added that the suspects would be charged as soon as investigation was concluded into the case.