Abuja - More than 561 tonnes of hard drugs have been seized in the Borno State since the beginning of the year, the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) disclosed.
According to State Commander, Ona Ogilegwu, 45 dealers, peddlers and drugs users were arrested, 11 convicted and sentenced to various jail terms while others were awaiting trial at the Federal High Court in Maiduguri.
Ogilegwu said the agency was offering counselling and rehabilitation services to 61 drug addicts brought in from various sources in the state.
On Wednesday, Borno marked the International Day Against Illicit Drug Trafficking.
The United Nations embraced the day to help create an international society free of drug abuse.
According to the UN, nearly 200 million people are using illicit drugs such as cocaine, cannabis, hallucinogens, opiates and sedative hypnotics worldwide.
Borno State Governor, Alhaji Shettima, argued members of Boko Haram sect were terrorising the region under the influence of hard drugs hence the need to cut off their supply.
- CAJ News