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In Anambra NDLEA arrests 156 suspcted drug traffickers in 5 months

The NDLEA boss appealed to the governor for more operational vehicles to sustain the tempo of success recorded in the efforts to rid the state of drugs.

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The Anambra office of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it arrested 156 persons suspected to be involved in drug trafficking between January and May 2016.

Mr Sule Momodu, the Commander, said this on Wednesday in Awka, while addressing newsmen on the achievements of the agency in the past five months.

Momodu said that the arrested persons included 146 males and 10 females.

He said that the agency also seized drugs weighing 923 kg and three vehicles within the period under review.

According to him,the agency has charged 65 suspects to court.

Momodu commended Gov. Willie Obiano for supporting the drive against drug peddling, noting that such cooperation had propelled the agency to accomplish a lot.

The NDLEA boss appealed to the governor for more operational vehicles to sustain the tempo of success recorded in the efforts to rid the state of drugs.

Momodu, however, expressed concern over the increasing cases of drug abuse and trafficking in Anambra, especially among youths.

``The major factor that forces the young ones into drug is the lack of care by the parents.

``Most parents do not give attention to their children; they hardly bother to understand their worries, desires, aspirations and ambitions.

``If we listen to the youths, as the theme of this year’s drug awareness suggests, and understand their problems and worries as they grow, we will be better able to identify their problems early enough before they get out of hand.”

Momodu said that the agency was poised to create awareness on the prevalence of drug trafficking, the dangers and the way out.

He urged parents, governments at all levels and corporate bodies to collaborate, to check drug abuse among youths.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this year’s Drug Awareness Day slated for June 26, has the theme “Listen First”. 

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