NDLEA nabs 60 drug traffickers in six months in Sokoto

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Sokoto State command has disclosed that no fewer than 60 drug traffickers were arrested in the state between January to June 2020.

The state Commander of the agency, Yakubu Kibo stated this in a press briefing to mark this year anti-drugs day at the command headquarters in Arkilla, Sokoto on Friday.

He explained that the illicit drugs seized included Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Skunk, Tramadol tablets /capsules, Codeine Syrup, Rophynol tablets, Pentazocine injections, Diazepam and Exol_5 tablets with a grand total of 186.028KG.

According to Kibo the unavailability of the Federal High court Judge due to illness stalled the continuation of some drugs-related cases but however in optimistic that when the judge resume the command would follow up those cases.

He, however, stated that in the area of rehabilitation the Command was able to counsel drugs abusers stressing that few of them are presently in DDR facility undergoing rehabilitation for a minimum of three months.

The NDLEA boss lamented the involvement of shop owners and motorcycle riders who engaged in the business of illicit drugs in disguised.

The drug situation in the State is worrisome both in prevalence and the attendant consequences, the Youths, married women are getting increasingly involved in drug abuse, hence their future and development are threatened Kibo lamented.

The commander attributed some crimes perpetrated by people such as insurgency, kidnapping, rape to drug abuse.

Kibo said the command appreciated the support of Chairman/ Chief Executive of NDLEA Col Muhammad Mustapha Abdalla (Rtd) Executive Governor of Sokoto Aminu Waziri Tambuwal towards combating the drug menace in the State, hence the resolve of the state command to reduce the drug scourge to the barest minimum.

 

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