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  • Updated: June 21, 2024

Akwa Ibom: NDLEA arrests 300 suspects, seizes 190.419 kg of drugs

Akwa Ibom: NDLEA arrests 300 suspects, seizes 190.419 kg of

Between July 2023 and May 2024, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, stated that its officers arrested 300 people and recovered 190.419 kg of hard narcotics from Akwa Ibom.

Obot Bassey, the NDLEA Commander in Akwa Ibom, announced during a news conference in Uyo on Friday to commemorate the 2024 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme for this year’s International Drug Day is: “The Evidence is Clear: Invest in Prevention”.

According to Bassey, 249 of the 300 suspects detained were men and 51 were women, while 61 drug offenders were convicted in the state during that period.

She stated that the command treated and rehabilitated 24 male drug addicts and conducted anti-drug programmes in 82 areas around the state.

"Drug misuse harms people's health and well-being. Many lethal substances are infiltrating the illicit drug market and wreaking havoc on people's health," she stated.

She urged corporations and philanthropists to actively support the anti-drug fight.

Meanwhile, the Katsina State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has disclosed that the rate of substance abuse in the state is troubling.

Speaking at a press briefing to commemorate the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, NDLEA Katsina Commander, Hassan Sani Abubakar, acknowledged the agency’s achievements but stressed that the rate of abuse and trafficking of drug and psychotropic substances remains “alarming and a serious area of concern.”

He revealed that the drug problem cuts “across all strata of community members,” suggesting widespread use.

Abubakar also highlighted the “unbecoming attitudes of some communities” that obstruct NDLEA’s efforts and as such pose potential resistance to tackling the issue.

The NDLEA commander also noted an “alarming rise in the influx of drugs and psychotropic substances” into Katsina, despite counter-measures.

Another worrying trend according to him is the “increased cases of women’s involvement in drug activities.”

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