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NDLEA arrests 134 suspects, seizes N80m worth of drugs in Q3

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has seized 3,988.74 kilograms of assorted drugs with a monetary value of N80 million.

The FCT commander, Commander of Narcotics, Kabir Tsakuwa, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.

Tsakuwa said 134 suspected drug traffickers, peddlers and abusers were also arrested in the same period.

He identified the assorted drugs as cannabis Sativa, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Tramadol, Rohypnol and Diazepam.

The commander added that the major drug seized by the Operatives of the NDLEA was cannabis sativa.

He said many suspects were prosecuted and convicted in the same period.

According to him, cannabis sativa seized within the same period are 3,861.789kg while cocaine intercepted was 0.038Kg

“Others include diazepam, which weighs 13.63kg, Tramadol, which weighs 105.136kg, while Methamphetamine weighs 3.024kg, which weighs 0.009kg, with Pentazocine which weighs 1.070kg.

“134 suspected drug users and traffickers were arrested in the third quartre, of which 128 are males and six are females.

“The total street value of drugs seized within the same period is about Eighty Million Naira (N80m).

“One hundred and four (104) suspects were prosecuted, out of which 27 were convicted, ” he said.

Speaking on what the command had been doing to ensure the reduction of usage and trafficking of illicit drugs in the FCT, the NDLEA boss said that the Command had a balanced approach to drug control strategy.

This, he said, was via drug demand reduction and drug supply reduction as they both complemented each other.

He said the demand reduction was aimed at preventive measures, while the supply reduction strategy was about enforcement duties.

He said, “Under the preventive strategy, we have a sustainable intensive sensitisation and public enlightenment programme using the platform of “War Against Drug Abuse.”

Tsakuwa said that WADA was a social advocacy campaign designed to get every Nigerian involved in the task of ridding the country of illicit substances.

”We organised programmes in schools, corporate organisations, religious places of worship (Mosques and Churches), etc. to ensure involvement of all stakeholders.

“We collaborate with quite a number of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and other stakeholders to carry out sensitisation.

“We also provide support systems for drug-dependent individuals through counselling at our rehabilitation centre, which is manned by well-learned counselling experts.

“Clients are counselled for a period of three, six and 12 months depending on the level of addiction of the individual.

“Under Supply reduction, we embark on the arrest of drug offenders, investigation and prosecution, ” he said.

NAN

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