Drug Abuse: NDLEA arrests 258 illegal drug suspects, rehabilitates 20 in Katsina

*National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency announces that it has rehabilitated several illicit drug users and secured the conviction of 20 suspects to serve various jail terms in Katsina State of Nigeria

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

As part of the anti-narcotics agency’s operations in in ridding Nigeria of illicit drug tracking and abuse, the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has disclosed that it arrested about 258 suspected drug traffickers in Katsina State from January to date.

Sule Momodu, Commander of NDLEA in the state, said this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria Friday, July 2, 2021, in Katsina, North-West of the country.

The NDLEA chief stated that the Command during the period under review, also seized over 415.01 kilogrammes of illegal drugs from the various operations within the state.

Momodu said: “We have seized 283.385,57kgs of Cannabis Sativa, 87.123,7kgs of psychotropic substances and also 44.5 litres of codeine.

“In the course of our operations across the state, we were also able to arrest 258 suspects including a female.

“Out of the 258 suspects we arrested during the period under review, 30 were students.”

He further stated: “We were also able to secure the conviction of 20 suspects to serve various jail terms.

“The agency also rehabilitated many drug users in the state within the past six months,” he said.

In line with obtains in the international system, Momodu explained that the Command was giving serious emphasis to drug demand reduction activities.

“We are not only involved in the arrest and prosecution of drug offenders, but we also carry out sensitisation campaigns, exposing the consequences of drug abuse and trafficking.

“Our campaigns are extended to primary, secondary schools and also tertiary institutions in the state,” he noted.

He added that “recently, we visited 32 schools as part of the 2021 United Nations’ Day against drug abuse and trafficking.

“In addition, drug-free clubs were established in the schools to disabuse the mind of our children towards drug use.”

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