The kogi command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA ) said it has arrested suspected cannabis sativa farmer James Ameh and six of his accomplices.
The kogi state commander of the Agency Alhaji Idris Bello stated that the arrest of the principal suspect who has been on the wanted list of the agency for months was effected by the combined efforts of his personnel and officers from the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps.( NSCDC)
Bello added that the principal suspect and six of his accomplices were arrested at an early morning raid at about 5.30am at Igolijo village in Igalamela Odolu LGA of the state.
He said ,at the time of his arrest he was found in possession of a fully loaded pump action gun.
He added that Ameh was arrested for his involvement in the cultivation of 10 hectares of cannabis Sativa popularly known as Indian hemp.
The commander said Ameh was arrested alongside , Usman bello, Eze Stanley, Innocent Ameh, Samuel Idoko , Ojima ojo, and Ekene Ukwueze .
He commended other sister security services for their cooperation in the fight against illicit drugs and other related crimes.
He added that after thorough investigation the suspects would be charged to court.
Ameh while fielding questions from Journalists said the pump action gun in his possession was a collateral for the recovery of the money he lent to his friend
Ameh who is said to be 54 years old is also believed to be a practicing native doctor.
He however denied the allegations against him , but pleaded for mercy .
He said” I am not the real owner of this pump action gun. It belongs to a friend who is owing me N80,000. I needed my money back urgently to do something with it. Am sorry, I never knew that having this in my house would put me into trouble. As for the issue of dealing on drugs and having hectares of land for cannabis, it is also not true.
Items recovered from the suspect were one pump action gun and seven live cartridges.