Boring Christmas: NDLEA seizes 10,210 bags of hemp in Ondo State warehouse

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…As herbalist loses 23-year old marriage to fetish allegation***

Users of hard drugs, particularly the cannabis sativa also known as Indian hemp in Ondo State may be forced to celebrate a non-exciting Yuletide as the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has uncovered 10, 210 bags of hemp cleverly concealed in a makeshift warehouse in the state.

The NDLEA Head of Public Affairs, Mr Jonah Achema who confirmed this in Abuja, also noted that the hemp weighing 132.730 tons, were hidden at a warehouse located in Uteh, a remote community in the state.

According to him, the warehouse which belongs to a man simply referred to as Peter, was located in a very thick forest where all cannabis harvests within the forest are stored for distribution to the illicit drug markets.

“Peter who is currently at large is said to be the Chairman of Cannabis Cultivators Association in Uteh in Ondo state.

“The storage facility where the consignments belonging to over 30 farmers were stored was guarded by armed men who took to their heels upon sighting the NDLEA officers and men.

“The operation code named “Operation Thunder Strike II”, was jointly carried out by the Agency’s Special Enforcement Team along with the Agency’s Tactical teams from Ondo and Edo State Commands,” he said.

Achema said that the agency had earlier stormed the forests in October 2018 where it destroyed several hectares of cannabis plantations and storage facilities.

Meanwhile, a 50-year-old herbalist, Idris Ibrahim has lost his 23-year-old marriage to his wife, Opeyemi, on Monday for accusing her of sleeping with their son.

The petitioner, Opeyemi, had told an Igando Customary Court in Lagos that her husband, Idris, defamed her character by spreading fake news that she was sleeping with their second son.

“How will I sleep with my son when I am not under a spell. My husband is embarrassing me everywhere, telling all who care to listen that I am having sex with our son,’’ she said.

The 47-year-old trader accused her husband of being fetish.

“There was a day I woke up around 3:00 a.m, my spirit told me to go to my children’s room. When I got there, I saw my husband and his mother covering our youngest son with red cloth.

“I shouted and they quickly removed the cloth and ran out of the room. If not for my quick intervention, who know what they wanted to use the boy for,’’ Opeyemi said.

The mother of four said that her husband turned her and the children into a punching bag.

“My husband is in the habit of beating me and the children.

“There was a day he hit me with broom and it took days for my children to remove the crumbs of broom from my body.

“He is also hostile to the children. He punished them by torturing as if he is not their biological father,’’ she said.

Opeyemi said that her husband was fond of sending her packing from her matrimonial home.

She described her husband as a “vandal’’, saying that he used to destroy her property whenever they had a fight.

She begged the court to terminate their marriage, saying she could no longer cope and that the love she once had for her husband had faded.

However, Idris accepted the allegation of accusing his wife of having illicit affair with their second son.

“My mother told me that she caught my wife sleeping with our 19-year-old son. I believed her because she could not lie,’’ he said.

The 50-year-old herbalist said that he beat his wife whenever she erred, saying that his wife goes out at will and comes home at will.

He pleaded with the court to grant his wife her wish, saying that he too was no longer interested in the marriage.

While delivering the judgment, the Court President, Mr Adeniyi Koledoye, on Monday said that it appeared that the estranged couple was tired of the marriage and that all efforts to reconcile both parties had failed.

“Since both parties consented to the dissolution of their marriage, this court has no choice than to dissolve the marriage.

“The court hereby pronounces the marriage between Mrs Opeyemi Ibrahim and Mr Idris Ibrahim dissolved today; both of you henceforth cease to be husband and wife.