The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has said it never advocated the growth of cannabis sativa for medicinal purpose or economic gain, adding that it had destroyed 3,900 hectares of cannabis sativa in Ondo State.
The NDLEA Chairman, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (retd), stated this on Monday, noting that he and the Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, did not go to Thailand to learn how to grow cannabis sativa for economic gain, as being reported in some quarters.
The governor was reported on Saturday as saying the state government was planning to take advantage of the commercial value of the plant to create jobs for the youth.
He urged the Federal Government to support cannabis cultivation in large quantities in Ondo, saying the trade would boost the state’s Internally Generated Revenue.
But the NDLEA chairman said in a release on Monday that he never visited Thailand to advocate cannabis cultivation, saying Nigeria’s staunch opposition to legalising cannabis as restated at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs’ round-table talks in March 2019 still stands.
Abdallah said, “My attention has been drawn to the misinformation that the Ondo State Governor and I were in the Republic of Thailand to learn how to grow cannabis sativa for medicinal purpose or economic gain.
“This is far from the truth. At no point did I make any remark in favour of the commercial and medicinal value or monetary gain of cannabis.
“The purpose of the visit to Thailand is to understudy how the country has successfully migrated some of her citizens hitherto engaged in illicit plant cultivation to the cultivation of legitimate economic crops and other lawful businesses.
“The NDLEA under my leadership has been consistent in our opposition to legalisation and decriminalisation of cannabis.
“For example, Operation Thunderstorm undertaken by the Ondo State Command of the NDLEA destroyed 3,900.73 hectares of cannabis sativa planted in forest reserves.”
Akeredolu Appoints Amotekun Commander, Adeleye, As Special Adviser on Security Matters
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, has approved the appointment of Chief Adetunji Adeleye as Special Adviser on Security Matters.
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Richard Olatunde, noted that the appointment takes immediate effect.
Chief Adeleye, who until the new appointment, was the Commander of the Ondo State Security Network (Amotekun Corps), will however, continue to function in that capacity.
The appointment, the statement noted, is part of the efforts of the Governor Akeredolu to further strengthen the security arrangements of the state, and improve the working relationship between government and security agencies in the state.
While congratulating the new appointee, Akeredolu charged him to double efforts in the fight against crime and criminal elements in the state.
Olashore School Inaugurates Panel As Ex-Student Accuses Management of Complicity, Cover-Up
The Trustees of Olashore International School Association – Proprietor of Olashore International School (OIS), a private co-educational boarding secondary school in Iloko-Ijesha, Osun State, has inaugurated a Five-member panel of inquiry into an alleged sexual assault claim by an ex-student of Olashore International School Obiamaka Azubuike.
Ms. Azubuike had in December 2021 via a social media post alleged that she was 18 years ago sexually assaulted by 13 of her fellow students in the school. Azubuike who was a student of the school between September 1998 and July 2004 also in her allegation claimed that the school tried to cover up the incident when the case was reported to the school’s management and striped her of her prefectship.
The Five-man panel of inquiry is composed of the following members:
1)Justice Olusola Williams Rtd – Retired Judge of the Lagos High Court and serves on the Board of Mirabel Centre – Chairperson
2)Dr Alero Roberts – Lecturer, Public Health Consultant and serves on the Board of Corona Trust Council
3)Mrs Adeyinka Adefope – Educationist and Safeguarding Consultant
4)Dr Sade Olajubu – Forensic Psychiatrist
5) Mr Ebuka Ekeanyanwu – Legal Practitioner
The ex-student in her claims among other reliefs is demanding that;
• The school makes a publicly apology to her in print and on social media.
• Reinstate the records to show that she was a school prefect in the school and also grant a zoom ceremony where she will be awarded the honors she allegedly earned.
According to a statement issued by Mrs Olapeju Sofowora, Chairperson, Olashore International School Association, the panel which was inaugurated by the Association’s Board of Trustees is charged to examine what truly transpired 18 years ago and make recommendations as considered fit.
The panel is expected to commence sitting immediately and conclude their inquiry within 8 weeks.
Hoodlums Kill Ogun Monarch, Set Body Ablaze
Suspected hoodlums on Monday attacked and killed Ayinde Odetola, the traditional ruler of Agodo village in Ewekoro local government area of Ogun State.
The killing was the second attack on the Odetola family in less than three months.
It was gathered that Mr Odetola and one other aide were killed within a month.
While the monarch was burnt beyond recognition, his brother, who was also attacked months ago, was allegedly hacked to death by the assailants.
The attack on the monarch allegedly happened around 11:00 a.m. on Monday.
A resident of the community, who does not want to be named for security reasons, said the only possible case of the attack is the crisis bedeviling the throne of the deceased monarch.
It was gathered that the tussle of who becomes the next Olu of Agodo is between the Ake and Owu dynasty in the village.
Confirming the incident, a sister of the late monarch, Adenike Akintade, said their younger brother was recently killed in the same manner.
“I have just been discharged from hospital early this morning, only to start mourning the brutal assassination of my brother.
“Kabiyesi called me on Saturday, urging me to reduce my activities, saying stress could contribute to my illness.
“He lost his younger brother to the imbroglio some months ago; the young man was butchered by the so-called hoodlums. Today, Kabiyesi is no more, what a world.”
Contacted, spokesperson of the Ogun state Police command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said it was only the traditional ruler who was killed.
He added that the State Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, was at the scene of the incident on Monday to assess the situation.
“Yes it is true. Only the Oba was killed, I am not aware of the other people claimed to have been killed. He was burnt in his car after he was killed.
“The Commissioner of Police was there today to assess the situation and as we speak the place has been deserted. But we are trailing the perpetrators and we shall bring them to book.”
Nigeria is currently battling a wave of crime, violence and insecurity across swathes of the country despite efforts by security agencies to stem the tide.