In Kaduna NDLEA arrests 269 suspected drug traffickers, convicts 53

The NDLEA Commander in the state said that the number of those arrested was higher in 2016 compared with the 232 arrested in 2015.

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NDLEA  impounds 4,000Kg of illicit drugs.

(Nigerian Nation)
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The Kaduna State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has recorded 269 arrests of suspected drug traffickers and secured 53 convictions from January to December, 2016.

The State Commander, Mr Samuel Azige, disclosed this to NAN on Thursday, January 5.

Azige noted that the number of those arrested was higher in 2016 compared with the 232 arrested in 2015.

He also said that 18,298.375 kilograms of illicit drugs were seized from the suspects during the period under review, indicating a decrease from the 23,169.596 kilograms seized in 2015.

Azige attributed the reduction to the massive public enlightenment carried out within the year to educate the public against drug abuse.

He said: "Out of the figure, psychotropic substance constitute the highest with 16,550. 239 kilograms, an increase from 14, 129 kilograms seized in 2015, while Indian hemp decreased from 23, 285 kilograms in 2015 to 1,748.032 kilograms in 2016.

"The quantity of cocaine seized was 0.031 kilograms and heroine 0.019 kilograms.

"As you can see, psychotropic substance seized was higher than Indian hemp that used to be the highest.

"This indicates that more people are taking these dangerous substances which increases its demand and supply."

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He further said that no fewer that 129 drug users were rehabilitated, including referrals from Abuja, Nasarawa, Kano, Zamfara, Katsina and Bauchi states, in the period under review.

The commander disclosed that the command has concluded plans, in collaboration with the Federal Road Safety Corps, to enlighten drivers in motor parks against drug abuse.

According to him, drivers under the influence of drugs often have wrong judgement on speed, and this contribute to the high number of speed related accidents on the road.


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