From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua Katsina
Sequel to the ban on codeine syrup by the Federal government, theNational Drug Law Enforcement Agencies, Katsina State Command has raised alarm that the suspected drug dealers now operate as mobile sellers.
The commander, Maryam Sani who disclosed this at a press conference to commemorate the day in the state, also said the command recorded arrest of 443 drug suspects with 2,553.06 litres of cough syrup with codeine and 336.4043 kgs of various illicit drugs from January 2018 to date.
Sani said the suspects no longer stationed the illicit drugs in the shops but use their motorcycles and cars to sale and making it difficult for the command to apprend the suspects.
The commander though said the consumption in the codeine syrup is on reduction as the syrup is now sold for N2,000 each.
According to her, “our performances in terms of demographics in arrest and drug seizures showed a lot of improvement. The command apprehended 443 drug suspects with 336.4043 kgs of various illicit drugs and 2,553.06 litres of cough syrup with codeine from January 2018 to date.
“We have also made great achievement in terms of prosecution as 23 drug suspects have been sentenced to various terms while 110 cases are at various stages of trial at Federal High Court Katsina.
“The suspects have gone mobile sellers not stationed in a place or shop. They now use their motorcycles and cars to sell the illicit drugs which now makes it difficult to apprend them. But we would not relent as they are devising other means we would also be coming up with strategies to ensure that the menace is reduced to the barest minimum,” Sani said.