Delta - The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested 194 drug suspects and confiscated 23.6 kilogrammes of cannabis and other drugs in nine months in Delta.
The Commandant, NDLEA, Delta, Sumaila Ethan, who disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Ogwashi-Uku, added that out of those arrested were 169 males and 25 females.
According to him, the women are mainly involved in the sales of the substances.
He said the command in a single operation intercepted and seized 17 tonnes of cannabis concealed in a fuel tanker transported to the state as fuel.
Ethan said that apart from cultivating cannabis, the state also served as store for cannabis brought in from the neighbouring Edo and Ondo states.
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The command seized 23.6 kilogrammes of assorted exhibits such as cannabis, cocaine, heroine, psychotropic and other drugs,’’ he said.
Ethan said the command secured 30 convictions within the nine months, while other cases were still pending in various courts.
He said that the command also counselled and got 12 clients integrated back to the society, while other three clients were presently undergoing counselling within the command.
He said that the command had aside the counselling given lectures to students in secondary schools and the higher institutions, encouraging them to set up clubs to fight drug abuse in their institutions.
According to him, it is a herculean task fight against users of the exhibits because most communities cultivate, earn their living and train their children from the proceeds realised from cannabis.
Ethan, however, called on the state government to partner the agency in order to reduce the impact of drug abuse on the people, mostly the youths.
“We all know the consequences of drug abuse and its worst when it affects the person’s brain, this could lead to outright madness,” the commandant said.