Wednesday, December 1, 2021

NDLEA seizes 3m kilograms of drugs, arrests 10,000 offenders

Must read

- Advertisement -

NDLEA intercepted and seized more than three million kilograms of hard drugs in the last 10 months since its chairman, Buba Marwa, took office.

It also arrested 10,000 suspects and secured conviction against 1,000 of them during the period.

The declarations were made in Lagos on Thursday by Commander of Narcotics, Lagos State Command, NDLEA, Callys Alumona.

He was speaking as Mr Marwa’s representative at the 2021 Annual Lecture and Award Ceremony of the Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria, CRAN.

The topic of this year’s lecture is: “Proliferation of Drugs, Bane of Insecurity’’.

“It is true that banditry, rape, gender-based violence and kidnapping are synopses to the fact that drug abuse has eaten deep into the fabrics of Nigeria.

READ ALSO:   Uneasy calm in prisons service as Aregbesola 'arbitrarily' retires 7 ACGs

“Bandits and terrorists sometimes demand for drugs in exchange for persons and they also export drugs in order to get arms to terrorise us the more.

“It is a person under the influence of drugs that usually commits heinous crimes; therefore, drug abuse and drug trafficking is a war that must be won,’’ Mr Alumona said.

He stressed that one security agency alone could not fight the issue of drug trafficking and drug abuse except everyone comes together to rid Nigeria of the menace.

“Security agencies such as the police, the army, and the navy among others are synergising to ensure that drug proliferation is brought to a minimum.

READ ALSO:   UNILAG mulls closing down hostels amidst COVID-19 infections among students

“With this, we are sure that the foundations of insecurity will be weakened,’’ he said.

Mr Alumona said that the police and the army recently transferred some arrested suspects to the agency for prosecution.

He added that the agency frequently raided night clubs and many other places to rid them of hooligans who used hard drugs before launching attacks on people.

“We are not stopping only on arrest and seizure, but we are also focused on the supply and demand reduction of drugs in the society.

He recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari launched the “War against Drug Abuse’’ on June 26, and said the war would be spread to all parts of the country.

READ ALSO:   Nigeria’s Democracy hasn’t given birth to good governance – Saraki

“This war is to enlighten the public from state capitals to the grassroots.

“We will further go to secondary schools and markets to preach the gospel of stopping drugs because drug abuse kills and is inimical to growth,’’ he said.

NAN

- Advertisement -

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest article

- Advertisement -
cosgrove