Kogi: 1.49 tonnes of illicit drugs seized, 149 suspects arrested in 6 months – NDLEA 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Kogi state command, said over 1.49 tonnes of illicit drugs were seized  between January and  June , 2024 with 149 suspects arrested by the agency.

Umar Mustapha Yahuza, the Commandant  NDLEA , Kogi state command stated this at a press conference held in Lokoja Monday to herald a week- long  United Nations  Day Against Drug Abuse and trafficking organised by the agency in collaboration with Kogi state government.

He stated that the drug situation in Nigeria and indeed Kogi state is disturbing and  lamented that the ugly situation has implication on security, economic and the general well-being of the citizens.

He said a series of arrests and seizures of assorted drugs such as Codeine, Methamphetamine,  Diazepam,Tramadol, Cannabis sativa, Pentazocine, among others have been made within the spate of six months in Kogi state.

He added that out of the 149 suspects arrested, the command has convicted 29 accused persons while  other cases are still pending at Federal High Court, Lokoja.

While expressing concern over the high rate of drug consumption and trafficking, the commandant stated that statistics and empirical facts from the agency’s operations indicated  clearly that drug problem is mutating into a colossal social problem and it has become an issue linked beyond doubt to escalation of insecurity and its attendant effects on peace and economy across the country.

Yahuza attributed the effects of armed robbery, kidnapping, banditry, rape and other violent crimes against humanity in the country to the use of illicit drugs and called on government, corporate organisations and spirited individuals to collaborate with NDLEA to eradicate the menace of drugs in the society.

“We know that drugs are mostly the catalyst for these vices because anywhere there is drug, there is crime and vice versa.

“Kogi state being a microcosm of Nigeria, and as a federating unit cannot stand alone in the face of this ominous threat of drug abuse and trafficking.

“In addition, from January 2024 to date, the command has engaged in various operations, sensitisation, courtesy/advocacy visits to deliver on our mandate,” he said.

He commended Kogi state government for the enormous support offered  the agency to discharge its duties in the state.

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