Osun State Police Command has destroyed a large expanse of Indian hemp farms at Agbongbon village in Irewole Local Government Area of Osun State and arrested four suspects. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Fimihan Adeoye, said the operation was aimed at cutting the supply of Indian hemp as a way of preventing youths from smoking the weeds and curtail crime from the root.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police in the state, Aminu K. Koji led the operation in which the Indian hemps planted in the farms were destroyed with herbicides while the dried one that was ready for the market was burnt.
The CP said, “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 four suspects Osasa Ansah, Saliu Koku, Musliu Ibrahim and Salimu Koku were arrested in connection with the farms and that they would face the full wrath of the law to serve as deterrent to others.
“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 the weeds to smoke. This would surely reduce the crime rate and our youths would be normal and behave well,” he added.