…Seizes 1,993,068kg illicit drugs
From Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto
The Sokoto State Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested 149 drugs baron suspects and seized 1,993.068kg different types of illicit drugs from January to December 2021.
The state Commander of the agency, Abdul Abdullahi stated this while highlighting the activities of the command in the year 2021.
He said out of the 149 suspects, 144 arrested were males while five were females respectively.
According to him, the command was able to seize different types of illicit drugs that include 1,487 kg of Cannabis Sativa, 403,634kg of psychotropic substance, 1,550 grams of heroine and 19 grams of amphetamine respectively.
The command stated that in the month of December at Bafarawa Estate, in a single operation, arrested 975kg of Cannabis Sativa and investigation is still ongoing.
While the 98 clients were successfully counselled, rehabilitated and eight clients were referred and nine clints are currently undergoing rehabilitation by the command.
Abdullahi noted that the increase in prevalence of cannabis and psychotropic substance and the current influx of other drugs such as Cocaine, Heroine and Amphetamine is very sad and worrisome.
“There is hardly any family that is not contending with the challenges of drug dependent persons,” he noted.
He added: “There is increasing trend in the abuse of drugs among our Youths and Women which renders many of them unproductive and venturing into so many criminal activities.”