NDLEA arrests 417 suspects in Oyo, secures conviction of 54

The Oyo State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has announced the arrest of at least 417 suspects for various drug-related offenses in 2023.

The command also announced that 54 people were convicted between January and December 2023.

The NDLEA Commander in the state, Mr. Olayinka Joe Fadil, made this disclosure in an interview with NAN in Ibadan on Tuesday.

Joe Fadil said the suspects, comprising 340 men and 77 women, were arrested during the investigation on suspicion of trafficking in cannabis, tramadol, diazepam, Colorado and other psychotropic substances.

He said eight tonnes of various narcotics and psychotropic substances worth N135.6 million were seized by the command during the year.

He further said that 54 of the 91 suspects charged in court by the command were convicted of various drug-related offenses and received prison sentences ranging from six months to 10 years.

“The command provided short-term intervention through counseling to 246 people, 205 men and 41 women, who used drugs.

“During the survey period, 13 people underwent rehabilitation and returned to society.

“Efforts are underway to equip the acquired Iseyin facility for counseling and rehabilitation and repurpose it as a standard rehabilitation center,” the NDLEA commander said.

Source: dailypost.ng

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