NDLEA arrests 8,778 suspects with 903,624 kg of drugs
He National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested 8,778 suspected drug traffickers, comprising 8,143 males and 635 females in 2015, while a total of 903,624.56kg of narcotic drugs were seized in the same year.
The seized drugs includedcannabis 871,480.32kg, psychotropic substances 30,652.93kg, ephedrine is 785.10kg, methamphetamine 410.82kg, cocaine 260.47kg, heroin 30.09kg and amphetamine 4.83kg. The agency also won 1,690 cases prosecuted last year.
The NDLEA chairman, Muhammad Mustapha, disclosed this yesterday at a meeting in Lagos to flag off activities marking the 2016 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
According to the NDLEA boss, who said the World Drug Day is for self-appraisal on how the country has suppressed illicit production and trade in narcotic drugs, gave the campaign theme as Listen First.
“This theme focuses on drug abuse prevention and places a responsibility on parents, guardians, opinion leaders and stakeholders to listen to the views of persons with drug abuse problem with a view to helping them overcome drug use. Let’s listen to them and share in their pain as we take necessary steps in drug abuse counseling, treatment and rehabilitation,” Muhammad stated.
The weeklong programme of event includes a sensitisation road walk, campaign in mosques on Friday and in churches on Sunday. The grand finale is scheduled for Monday, June 27.
Abdallah said notwithstanding the numerous challenges, Nigeria is championing the war against illicit drugs.