The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) has seized 9 tonnes of illicit drugs worth N1.5 billion and arrested 1,078 suspects in Kano State in 12 months.
The NDLEA State Commander, Mr Abubakar Idris-Ahmad, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen on it’s maiden end of year review on Thursday.
“We raided 82 hot spots within and outside Kano Metropolis to arrest and seizures of different illicit drugs in our quest to bolster crime reduction among the larger populace in the state through eradicating drug abuse and trafficking.
“As a result 1,078 suspects were arrested which include 951 males and 127 females.
“The total drugs seized within the period under review is 8,386.733kg, which is made up of 6,607.492kgs of cannabis sativa, 1,778.388kg of psychotropic substances, 451grams cocaine, 125gram of heroine and 277gram of methamphetamine”
Idris-Ahmad further explained that within the period under review the agency had secured 113 convictions,destroyed five cannabis farms in the state and rehabilitated over 1,844 drug abusers.
“The agency sensitized 150 schools on drug prevention, screened 141 traditional title holders on drugs and 164 Visa clearance secured approval under the period review” Idris-Ahmad said.
According to him, the Chairman Chief Executive Officer NDLEA, Brig. Mohammed Buba-Marwa, has approved the creation of additional two area Commands in the state in the fight against drug.
He commended the Kano State Government for their support and resolution taken by Kano traditional Council ensuring that candidate undergo drug screening before appointed as Ward,Village or Disrltrict heads.
“We also appreciate the synergy being enjoyed from sister security agencies in the area of intelligence sharing, NGOs, Community leaders and media towards drug prevention education and information”
The Commander called on the state government and other relevant stakeholders to support the agency in addressing the supply and demand reduction of illicit drugs.
“As we approach the 2023 general election we will continue to advocate for peaceful election.
“There is no crime without drugs and curbing its menace in the state will bring ease to policing before, during and after the election”Idris-Ahmad said.