NIGERIA: Most Nigerian farmers now abandon growing food and economic crops for cannabis in a bid to become instant millionaires , the country’s anti-narcotics agency said on Saturday.
In a statement, Ahmadu Giade, the chairperson of the Nigeria’s National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), said: “It is sad and disturbing that most farmers are now abandoning food and economic crops for cannabis.”
Last year, the NDLEA arrested 8 052 suspected drug traffickers, including 542 women, it said.
The NDLEA boss said that more than 1 400 hectares of land was used last year for cannabis plantation.
“This 1 404.27 hectares of land could have changed the fortunes of our agricultural sector if properly utilised,” he stated.