Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Seme Area command have arrested three mothers at Badagry, Lagos for allegedly using their compounds as hideouts for the sale and smoking of cannabis thereby constituting a nuisance to members of the community. The arrests were made in response to reports on the illicit drug sales by the suspected mothers.
According to the NDLEA Seme commander, Mr. Udotong Essien, the suspects are Adesola Kolawole, 30yrs caught with 2.750kg of cannabis fermented in alcohol, Sade Oyewale, 44yrs caught with 300 grammes of cannabis and Kadijat Mojeet, 36yrs found with 1.1kg of dried weed of cannabis. Their criminal act is believed to be the cause of social vices in the society following complaints received by the command.
“We received complaints that these three women were illegally selling and allowing the use of cannabis in their premises. Investigation confirmed the allegation of sales and smoking of cannabis. Subsequently they were apprehended and drug exhibits recovered from them. The command is also on the trail of other suspects who are believed to be working with the arrested mothers” Udotong stated.
Adesola who is married with two children sells dried weed of cannabis mixed with alcohol commonly called ‘monkey tail’. She hails from Ekiti State and has been selling the illicit substance for over a year. “Most customers who are young people and adult men prefer to drink alcohol mixed with hemp to get high. We sell a shut for fifty naira (N50) only and it is my source of livelihood. I earn an average of five thousand naira daily with which I sustain my family” Adesola told narcotic investigators.
Sade who was caught with 300 grammes of cannabis said that “we do not want our house to be used for smoking weed but when customers come to buy some of them want to smoke immediately and we can’t stop them. I started selling hemp about a year and half ago and I have four children”. She hails from Osun State.
Kadijat, a mother of four children was equally found with 1.1kg of cannabis. In her words, “I used the proceeds of cannabis sales in taking care of myself and my four children. This is my first arrest since I started selling hemp in less than a year ago”.
Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (retd) expressed disappointment over the action of the mothers who ought to be role models to their children and members of the society. “Parents according to the theme of the World Drug Day this year are to listen to their children and help them grow healthy and safe. Unfortunately, we have a situation where mothers are the ones selling cannabis and allowing young people to smoke in their premises. This is very disturbing. Cannabis sales in any form whether it is mixed with alcohol or sold separately is bad ” Abdallah stated.
He assured that they will be prosecuted to deter others from getting involved in drug trafficking.
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