Terego Police Apprehend 52-Year-Old Marijuana Farmer

Omar Amuku after his dawn arrest

BY GEOFFREY ANGUPALE

TEREGO: Thursday, August 12, 2021

The police in Terego district have apprehended Omar Amuku, 52, a resident of Kakamara village, Onayi parish in Aii-vu sub-county over allegations of growing cannabis commonly known as marijuana.

Amuku was arrested in a dawn operation on Wednesday after which the police mobilized the residents to uproot all the marijuana on a quarter-acre of garden surrounding his house.

Following the raid on the village, Cyprian Okwera, the officer in-charge of Aii-vu sub-county police post addressed the residents on the dangers of growing and smoking marijuana.

“Marijuana is one of the plants classified as illegal drug and its possession and sale is restricted. It promotes crime and is dangerous to human health. Omar was caught in the wrong footing of the law, so, we are taking him along,” he explained.

Okwera added that it was wrong for the people to use their fertile lands for growing illegal drugs and encouraged them to report marijuana farmers.

“There are many crops that can be grown here to earn you clean money. I am seeing cassava, beans and other food crops are doing well here. Why don’t you engage in their production? Okwera inquired as a young boy from the family said to have run mad because of smoking marijuana wondered around.

Police and residents uprooting the marijuana from Amuku’s garden

When asked to explain why he was growing the intoxicant, Amuku said he started growing marijuana three years ago so as to pay school fees for his children who are in O’ level and A ’level of secondary school education.

“I sell a basinful of opium at sh150,000 to customers from Democratic Republic of Congo and annually I harvest up to 50 basins which earns for me about sh7.5m,” Amuku disclosed.

But his elder brother, Juma Andiandu, 67, disagreed with him that marijuana production was a lucrative venture.

Andiandu insisted that his junior brother had rejected all advice and warning from the family members to desist from growing the dangerous plant.

Abdu Nasser, the village local council chairman expressed relief that the operation lifted pressure off his shoulders by eliminating farmland of a drug that was source of ill-health for the youth.

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