The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has warned Ekiti State youths to desist from selling cannabis popularly known as weed.
The State Commander of the NDLEA, Suleiman Jadi, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Ado-Ekiti.
The NDLEA boss said that the agency had apprehended more than 30 youths involved in either selling, smoking, growing or transporting cannabis since January.
He said, “I am surprised and shocked with the attitude of youths in the state, in spite of several warnings and sensitisation programmes organised for them, some are yet to desist from the illicit drug business.
“When most of them are caught by my officers, they will be giving several excuses that it was as a result of poverty, unemployment or lack of care from their parents.
“But I totally disagree with their excuses, simply because there are several man- made jobs that the youths can be productively engaged in.
“Drug peddling is not an ideal and lucrative business for the youths, regardless of the situation they may find themselves in the society.”
Jadi warned sternly that any youth caught by the agency will be prosecuted.
Also the NDLEA boss blamed the disposition of some of the residents of the state who are familiar with drug peddlers but still compromise and harbor them in their houses and promised to arrest and prosecute any landlord that is found wanting.
Ekiti youths you’ve heard now o!