By Ekene Agbor, Osogbo
In its efforts to nip in the bud the growing habit of smoking weeds by residents of Osun State, the state Police Command has waged war against cultivation of Indian hemp by destroying a large expanse of Indian hemp farms at Agbongbon village in Irewole local government area of Osun state.
The Police also arrested four suspects in connection with Indian hemp cultivation in the state. They are Osasa Ansah, Saliu Koku, Musliu Ibrahim and Salimu Koku.
The state Commissioner of Police, CP Fimihan Adeoye said the operation was aimed at cutting the supply of Indian hemp within the state as a way of preventing youths from smoking weeds and also curtail crime from the grassroot.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police in the state, DCP Aminu K Koji led the operation in which the Indian hemp planted in the farms were destroyed with herbicides while the dried one that was ready for the market was burnt.
According to the police boss, “We have declared a total war against Indian hemp cultivation and supply in Osun State. This is necessary to prevent youths from getting the weeds to smoke and this strategy was designed to nip the crime in the bud.”
The CP said the arrested suspects would soon be arraigned in court and face full wrath of the law to serve as deterrent to others.
He said, “Most criminals get energised when they take cannabis and that is why we are trying to cut the supply of India hemp to Osun and other neighbouring states so that they won’t get
Indian hemp to smoke. This would surely reduce the crime rate and our youths would be normal and behave well.”
“Those planting the Indian hemps are trying to make money at the expense of other people and destroying the lives of many youths. They are also affecting the economy negatively because they don’t allow the economy trees to stay in the areas where they weeds are planted,” he added.
The CP commended the state governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola for assisting the police in the state to be able to fight crime and provide security for the people of the state.