2019: NDLEA arrests 103, makes 1,447.594 kg drugs seizures in Kogi
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) , Kogi state on Monday disclosed that a total of 1,447.594 kilogrammes of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances has been seized while 103 suspects were arrested in connection with the seizures in 2019.
Commander of the NDLEA in Kogi Mr Alfred Adewumi who disclosed this while presenting highlights of the agency’s Counter-Drugs measures and activities in the state at a press conference in Lokoja, said 11 hectares of cannabis sativa plantation was destroyed in Igolijo, a community on the boundary of Kogi and Enugu States adding that 18 tons of hard drugs worth millions of Naira were also destroyed in April, 2019.
He further revealed that out of the 103 suspected drug offenders arrested and prosecuted, 14 person including two females were convicted and sentenced to various terms in prison.
The Commander disclosed that other cases are at various levels of trial at the Federal High Court, Lokoja, while the Drug Demand Reduction Unit of the command counseled 33 drug users, treated and rehabilitated six victims.
Adewumi said that while the command was celebrating the removal of huge quantity of drugs from circulation and thereby promoting the health and well-being of the people, drug barons were unrelenting in their deadly business.
“I therefore use this opportunity to call on governments, families, religious bodies, educational institutions, the Judiciary and other stakeholders to join hands with the agency to halt the potentially worrisome increase in the number of drug victims, especially women and children”, he said
The commander also reminded the people of the state of the existence of a functional drug rehabilitation centre in Lokoja saying that the centre was adequately equipped to deal with drug dependency concerns.
“Because we recognise that drugs drive most criminal activities, I wish to restate our resolve to continue to disrupt, dismantle and defeat the merchants of death and make our state and society safe and secure”, he added.
He noted that the Agency had keyed into the Federal Government’s declaration of State of Emergency on the drug situation saying that time had come to overcome distractions over prejudices and stigmatization that could deprive victims from seeking help.
“The sustained support of the government of Kogi state to the NDLEA will surely provide the needed fillip to combat the drug menace in the state”, he added.