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NDLEA seizes 1,804 kg of drugs and arrests 227 suspects in Kogi, Sokoto

Ibrahim Oyewale

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested 227 suspects with a total of 3,804 kg of assorted hard drugs between January and June in Kogi and Sokoto states. While Kogi accounted for 2,699 kg of drugs and 149 suspects, Sokoto recorded 103 kg of drugs and 78 suspects.

Speaking at a press briefing in Lokoja yesterday to mark the start of a week of activities on the occasion of the United Nations Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2022, the Commander of the Kogi NDLEA State Mr. Abdulkadir Abdullahi Fakai said that 149 drug suspects consisting of male and female were arrested with the 2,699 kg of assorted drugs during the reporting period including codeine, methamphetamine, Exol-5, diazepam, tramadol, cannabis sativa, pentazocine, among others.

The NDLEA boss said the agency recorded the highest seizure of 948.956kg in April, followed by 307.815kg in May, while the list of 59.973kg was recorded in June.

He said that the command has already tried and sentenced 29 defendants while other cases are still pending before the Federal High Court in Lokoja.

“The drug situation in Nigeria and even in Kogi is worrying, especially being a microcosm of Nigeria, and as a uniting unit, Kogi cannot stand alone in the face of this worrying threat of drug abuse and trafficking. .

“The implication on security, economy and general welfare is disastrous. The statistics and empirical facts of the operations of the NDLEA clearly indicate that the drug problem is turning into a colossal social problem.

“It has become an issue linked no doubt to the escalation of insecurity and its concomitant effects on peace and the economy across the country,” he said.

He said the debilitating effects of armed robbery, kidnapping, banditry, rape and other violent crimes against humanity are competing for the soul of our nation.

According to him, “we know that drugs are above all the catalyst of these vices because wherever there is a drug, there is a crime and vice versa”.

He said this explains why the command engaged in various operations, outreach and courtesy/advocacy visits to Governor Yahaya Bello, Secretary of State.

Government, Traditional Rulers and Heads of State Security including the Nigeria Police and the Nigerian Army.

He revealed: “In the area of ​​drug addiction and preventive education (DAPE), 25 schools and organizations have been sensitized from January to date while 84 clients referred by the investigation units have been counseled during the period “.

“The war on drugs is an onerous task that cannot be left to the agency alone.”

He listed some successes recorded during the reporting period, including the arrest/seizure of a J5 bus, intercepted along the Okene/Lokoja-Abuja highway carrying 750 kg of dried herbs suspected of being cannabis. Sativa, the interception of 29 pieces of sewn camouflage military uniforms in a truck and the arrest of a jailbreaker.

Fakai, however, called on the general public to cooperate, support and provide useful information to the agency whenever they see or hear anything strange.

He added that everyone must be on the bridge because the Agency cannot do it alone, but government at all levels, traditional institutions, religious and opinion leaders and NGOs must give a helping hand. hand to ensure a drug-free Kogi and Nigeria as a whole.

On his part, the NDLEA Commander in Sokoto, Mr. Iro Adamu, said the agency had arrested 78 suspects and secured 12 convictions between January and June in Sokoto State.

Adamu said 103.303 kg of illicit drugs and 73.759 liters of codeine were also seized by the agency during the period.

He added that 106 drug addicts were counseled while 58 people were rehabilitated within the year.

According to him, most drug addicts were brought to the agency by their relatives and urged families and guardians to monitor the children’s associates and their whereabouts.

He said a newly introduced drug, popularly used by young people, was now in circulation.

The commander said the suspects were both male and female, while the drugs seized included codeine, methamphetamine, Exol-5, diazepam, tramadol, cannabis sativa, pentazocine, among others.

He called the state’s drug abuse situation worrying and called for collective efforts to address it.

“We appreciate the collaborative efforts of NGOs, traditional and religious institutions, sister security agencies and others to reduce the threat of drug abuse.

“The drug situation in Nigeria and indeed in Sokoto State is worrying, we have embarked on a campaign to sensitize schools on the dangers of drug addiction and other associated misconduct.

“The implication on security, economy and general welfare is disastrous.

“Statistics and empirical facts from NDLEA operations clearly indicate that the drug problem is turning into a colossal social problem,” Adamu said.

He added that it had become a problem linked no doubt to the escalation of insecurity and its concomitant effects on peace and the economy across the country.

“Drugs are primarily the catalyst for the escalation of vices, because wherever there are drugs, there are crimes and vice versa,” he added.

He said the command would continue to engage in various operations, advocacy and sensitization to seek collective action to combat the threat of drug abuse and trafficking.

The commander called on the general public to cooperate with the NDLEA by providing useful information on the activities of drug traffickers and sellers.