We arrested 252 suspects, seized 2 tons of illegal drugs and recorded 57 convictions in 2023 — Osun NDLEA Commander

We arrested 252 suspects, seized 2 tons of illegal drugs and recorded 57 convictions in 2023 — Osun NDLEA Commander

The National Narcotics Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Osun State Command, has revealed that it has arrested 252 suspects and seized 1,909.6920kg of illegal drugs between January and December 2023.

The Osun NDLEA also revealed that a total of 252 persons, 214 men and 38 women, were arrested during the period.

Within the investigation period, the command revealed that it was able to secure the conviction of 57 defendants who were sentenced to prison terms varying from three months to five years, with 47 cases pending. .

This was disclosed on Saturday by the NDLEA Osun State Commandant, Mr. Nnadi Chidi, in a statement signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Charles Odigi.

“During the same period, drug supply reduction efforts resulted in the discovery and destruction of 9.5 hectares (23,759 tonnes) of cannabis farms in Ifedayo and Oriade local government areas,” the statement revealed.

“While balancing supply and demand reduction, the command has likewise embarked on the War on Drug Abuse (WADA) advocacy for drug abuse control in the state. We have carried out short-term counseling interventions for people and also initiated awareness/sensitization programs in religious institutions, schools, motor parks, markets, workplaces, etc.”

Refuting insinuations that Osun State is the second largest cannabis producing state in the South-West, Nnadi said that although there has been a slight increase in the use of “loud” and other cannabis varieties in the state, empirical He emphasized that this was also the case in the judgment of the National Management Bureau. According to the National Statistics (NBS) 2018 report, the state still ranks fifth in the prevalence of drug use and drug cultivation in the region.

He expressed gratitude to the NDLEA Chairman, Brigadier General Buba Marwa (rtd) and the Osun State Governor, Mr. Ademola Adeleke, for their dedicated cooperation and resolute stand in eradicating drug abuse from the state and Nigeria.

He advised the people of the state to desist from peddling such drugs while assuring Osun of the agency’s determination to make marijuana growers and dealers uncomfortable.

Source: dailypost.ng

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