The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has warned youths in Ekiti State to desist from peddling cannabis.
The State Commander of the NDLEA, Mr Suleiman Jadi, said that the agency had arrested and prosecuted more than 30 youths since January, in the state, for peddling cannabis.
Jadi said that the number arrested included men and women who indulged in smoking, selling, cultivating or transporting cannabis.
“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,’’ he said.
Jadi warned that any youth caught by officers of the agency either selling, smoking or cultivating cannabis would be prosecuted.
The NDLEA boss, however, frowned at the attitude of some residents of the state who still haboured drug peddlers in their houses.
He said that any landlord or landlady found accommodating such criminals would be arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.