From Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Sokoto State Command has within the six months of this year arrested over 83 suspects for various drug abuse offenses.
The NDLEA State Commander, Alhaji Abdul Abdullahi gave the figures while addressing a press conference on the commemoration of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking today.
Abdullahi said that the command in the period under review has achieved the seizure of 51.688 kilograms of Cannabis, 8.891 kilograms of psychotropic substance and 3.21 liters of Codeine syrup.
“In the area of rehabilitation, a total of 45 clients were rehabilitated and counselled within the period under review,” he said.
The commander revealed that the 2021 International Day Against Drug celebration in Nigeria is very unique.
“This is in the sense that a new National Drug Control Master Plan 2021-2025 was unveiled by President Muhammadu Buhari, and standard policy and practice guidelines for NDLEA counselors was also launched.
“Moreover, this year’s theme, ‘Share Facts on Drugs. Save lives’ underscores the importance of factual information in the overall thrust against controlled substances.
“Facts are the vital cogs of evidence based prevention, treatment and care interventions and other pertinent strategies that shape the global poise to the illicit drug phenomenon.
“The intensification of efforts against the menace of illicit drugs reminds us all of the imperative to play our traditional roles as parents or community leaders or religious leaders to ensure healthy living and a safer community in a balanced environment,” he added.
He solicited for public engagement to end the ugly trend of drug abuse and illicit trafficking, while appreciating the state government support to the command.