The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Sokoto State office, on Friday, arrested one Anas Sani, 32, discovered to be an Indian hemp farmer in the state.
The agency’s state Commander, Iro Adamu, in his remarks, said the discovery was made last Friday night at the Sanyinna area in Tambuwal Local Government Area of the state, following an intelligence report.
“It was planted on the maize farm so that only experts could understand what it is.
“It was a foreign variety which is very effective and costly,” he said
Adamu noted that this was the first time such a farm was discovered in the state, which he said, called for a rigorous campaign and patrol to discourage locals from venturing into the unlawful business.
The suspect, a father of two, while speaking with newsmen, said he learnt the business while owning a provision shop in Lagos State.
“I am a first-timer in the business. I learnt it while living in Lagos and decided to give it a trial in my hometown of Sanyinna.
“My elder brother tried his best to discourage me but I ignored his advice.
“I thank God that I am arrested before starting reaping of my benefit business.
“I am ready to face the consequences of my action because it will discourage others who are interested in the business,” he said