Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command say they have arrested seven suspects met planting Indian hemp on an expanse of land in Isara-Remo area of the state.
Crime report from the command indicated that they were arrested on the 2nd of April 2022.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi gave the name of the suspects as; Nelson Enu, Patrick Emmanuel, Samuel Paul, Ekioya Joe, Monday Okoro, Endurance Eliobe and Stanley Ogejiagba.
He said their arrest was predicated on credible intelligence gathered by policemen at Isara divisional headquarters, that the suspects have cultivated a large expanse of land for the purpose of planting the weeds at Lokuta village in Remo North Local Government area of the state.
The state police spokesman added that intelligence further revealed that the suspects were threatening the life of the villagers who did not initially know what they wanted to use the cultivated land for, for daring to disturb them while the planting was going on.
Acting on the information, the Divisional Police Officer, Isara, CSP Shobiyi Oluwatoshin mobilised his men in conjunction with local vigilante and moved to the scene where the seven suspects were arrested.
Items recovered from them, he explained, are five bags of suspected Indian hemp seeds while two bags have already been planted.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for onward transfer to National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for possible prosecution.