Four officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) had reportedly lost their lives in their quest to rid Ondo state of a shady drug deal.

While their horrible death could be compared to that of a troop who paid the ultimate sacrife in securing their fatherland, there have been conflicting stories of how the officers played into the hands of their enemies.

Barely 24 hours after the ugly incident, several facts have emerged on why the hunters suddenly became preys in the hand of predators.

"Ifon town is known everywhere in Nigeria as a place where India hemps are planted. There is no family in this town that does not have a plantation of India hemps but only different in sizes. This is what many people do not know whenever they hear about NDLEA activities in our area.

"Three weeks ago, about three hectres of India hemp plantation was burnt here by officers from the agency. This,  I'm sure was the genesis of the problem" said a resident of Ifon town.

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Another resident who pleaded anonymity claimed that there has always been a good rapport between NDLEA officers and notable farmers in the community.

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"You only hear about arrest of drug peddlers whenever there is a disagreement between officers and the farmers and in most cases, the disagreement is on money.

"When you sell your produce as a farmer, there is a certain amount you pay to whoever is heading the team at that particular time. Most of the officers are friends of the indigenes here and they understand operation of the business.

"Unfortunately, since these guys were posted here, things became different. Although, their death was unfortunate but there has been issues since they destroyed one of the biggest plantations here few weeks ago."

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The officers, Abduljalad Mohammed, Wellinton Emmanuel, Magaji Aliu and Mohammed Iliyasu were allegedly ambushed and shot at close range by their assailants at the check point in Ifon, Ose local government area of Ondo state.

Their Toyota Hilux was said to have been burnt down while the hoodlums went away with their guns.

Reacting to the incident, the NDLEA state commander, Haruna Gagara said the agency would do everything possible to fish out the criminals behind the killing and further intensify the fight against drug peddlers in the state.

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