NDLEA seizes N1.5b worth of illicit drugs in Kano

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The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) revealed on Thursday that nine tonnes of illicit drugs worth N1.5 billionn were siezed in Kano State.

NDLEA State Commander, Abubakar Idris-Ahmad, who briefed reporters on its end-of-year review on Thursday, added that the agency also arrested 1,078 suspects in the state within the year.

“We raided 82 hot spots within and outside Kano Metropolis to arrest and seize 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,” he said.

The agency, Idris-Ahmad said, had secured 113 convictions, destroyed five cannabis farms in the state and rehabilitated over 1,844 drug abusers.

He said: “The agency sensitised 150 schools on drug prevention, screened 141 traditional title holders on drugs and 164 Visa clearance secured approval under the period under review.”

The Commander called on the state government and other relevant stakeholders to support NDLEA in addressing the supply and demand reduction of illicit drugs.