From Uche Uche Damaturu
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA in Yobe state has arrested a total of 217 persons and seized a total number of 1,165.456 kilograms of illicit substances made up of 1,056.662 kilograms of Cannabis sativa and 109,827 kilograms of psychotropic substances.
Briefing journalists in his office in Damaturu on the activities of the command within the last thirteen months, from January, 2017 to January, 2018, the NDLEA state Commander, Apeh Reuben said the command has, and is doing a lot in a determined effort to curtail or reduce the supply and demand of drugs in the state that includes arrests and seizures as well as sensitization programmes.
He, however, lamented the drug situation in Yobe state is worrisome as it cuts across or transcends all social strata.
“Drug situation in Yobe state is worrisome…rate of youth’s consumption of drugs and other illicit substances is high that it requires the enactment of a law by the state house of assembly to save the lives of these youths because these psychoactive drugs have dangerous consequences on the users,” said the state commander.
To buttress his statement, he stated that in the month of January, 2018 alone, 24 suspects that include 23 males and 1 female were arrested for drug abuse and trafficking while a total of 120.205 kilograms of illicit substances were seized.
He added that within the year under review, 222 dependent drug abusers were arrested and counseled while the agency secured a total of 32 conviction out of which 16 of the convictions were secured in January while 30 cases are undergoing trials at the federal high court, Damaturu, the state capital.
While commending the Yobe state government and NGOs who are collaborating with the agency to achieve success in dealing with the ugly trend of drug abuse in state, he appeals for maximum cooperation of government and NGOs in dealing with the ugly trend.