NDLEA impounds 3,546kg hard drugs, arrests 205 suspects

*Suspects comprise 180 males, 25 females, says FCT Commander

*Agency convicts 75 people from January to July 2020

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Nigeria’s National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), FCT Command, says it seized 3,546.632 kilograms of hard drugs from January to July 2020.

Mr. Lawan Hamisu, FCT Commander of NDLEA, who disclosed this Monday, August 10, in Abuja, FCT, said that the drugs confiscated included Cannabis sativa, Cocaine, Tramadol, Exol, Rophynol and Diazepam in a coordinated operation across the Federal Capital Territory in the country, says agency report.

Hamisu stated that the operatives of the Command within the period also arrested 205 suspects comprising of 180 males and 25 females.

He noted that April and June constituted the period of lockdown due to COVID-19 as that clearly slowed down the level of operations in the FCT.

The agency has been working as much as possible to operate within the safety protocol as directed by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

According to him, “this is actually what account for the number to be this slightly low but it is still a worrisome development.’’

The operatives of the command seized 3,295.193kg of cannabis sativa adding that the quantity alone was over three tonnes, he disclosed.

Hamisu added: “0.061kg of cocaine, 0.842kg of Rophynol, 4.975kg of Diazepam, 2.46kg of Exol and 242.267kg of Tramadol were seized making the total of 3,546.632kg.

“Within the corridors of FCT, if this has been allowed to be in circulation, what will have been the catastrophe would have resulted.

“In the same vein, we have issues of cocaine which is very much pronounced as the most notorious drugs, which I must confess is becoming a very saddening event to most families.

“One thing I will like to draw our attention to, including our sister agencies, like NAFDAC for instance, is the increasing abuse of illicit drugs.”

He further explained that “drugs that ordinarily supposed to be medicinal, but now they are being abused. Cough syrup for instance is becoming increasingly abused not only in FCT but in other parts of the country.

“This is a very serious issue for NDLEA as we are very much concern. And we have been drawing and will continue to draw the attention of relevant authorities to this.’’

Total convictions from January to July were 75, but June had the highest conviction of 37 out of the 75, he noted.

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