Kaduna: NDLEA seizes 13.6 tonnes of illegal drugs, arrests 1,005 suspects in 2023

Kaduna: NDLEA seizes 13.6 tonnes of illegal drugs, arrests 1,005 suspects in 2023


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Kaduna State Command has announced that its personnel seized 13,623,204kg of illegal drugs and arrested 1,005 suspects in 2023.

The National Commandant of the agency, Samaira Danmaram, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Friday, while reviewing the previous year’s activities.

Dhammaram said that last year, Ajansi operatives arrested 1,005 suspects (965 men and 40 women) and seized illegal drugs totaling 13,623.204 kilograms (13.6 tonnes).

He explained that in 2023, 186 illegal drug-related facilities were cleared.

“Substances seized included cannabis, cocaine, methamphetamine, tramadol, heroin and other psychoactive substances.

“The command also secured the convictions of 57 drug offenders.

“Furthermore, 153 suspects were charged to court and 19 vehicles were confiscated,” Dhammaram added.
He said the command recognized the importance of raising awareness in the fight against drug abuse and illicit trafficking.

“The command has intensified its drug demand reduction activities, counseling approximately 200 drug users and facilitating the rehabilitation of 42 addicts, ensuring their reintegration into mainstream society,” he said. Stated.

“Additionally, 34 campaigns and programs were presented to 47,615 participants across the state to create awareness among the people of the state.”

He said renewed efforts were needed because the devastating effects of drug abuse go beyond the individual, manifesting themselves in the home and spilling over into the larger society.

Mr Dhammaram called on everyone to commit to the fight against the drug pandemic by avoiding drug abuse and illegal trade, monitoring wards and providing timely information to the command on illegal drug activities.

“The state command is grateful to the state government, the King Father, sister agencies, NGOs, media and the support extended to the command along with the appeal to ensure food security for the people of the state,” Mr. Dhammaram said.

Source: guardian.ng

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