Kaduna - The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested 20 major distributors of illicit drugs in Kaduna after its men raided three notorious drug havens.
The Commandant of the agency in the state, Mohammed Jibrin, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna that the raid followed a tip off by the residents of Sabon Tasha in Chikun Local Government Area and Mando in Kaduna North Local Government Area.
Jibrin said men of the agency raided such spots known as Black Street and Kantin Agan in Sabon Tasha in Chikun Local Government Area, where it arrested 13 drug addicts and distributors.
"The operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency stormed the area and discovered that drug sale is the major criminal activity that takes place there, and we made a lot of arrests of the dealers there.
"We got about seven drug dealers and some drug addicts, that is the users.
"The area is notorious for that crime to the extent that the inhabitants of that area called it Black Street and they were jubilating after the raid, because all of them were before now apprehensive of what could become of their lives because of the threats of the drug addicts in the area.
"But, they so cooperated with our officers that they rendered assistance by pointing to them some of these hide-outs within the areas and with that, we were able to comb the place and make arrests.''
According to him, the agency is still searching for another major distributor in Sabon Tasha, who is now at large.
"We also seized hard drugs not only cannabis but psychotic substances such as valiums and other improvised substances, which is even more of the worry for security agencies now, things like, solutions, "suck and die", they call it, it’s a liquid form from the name, one should even be afraid, that is you drink it and die. But we got it in large bottles. Some boys were abusing it."
The commandant said that the officers also raided a popular area, known as Mando Engineer, where it arrested seven drug dealers and six addicts, who were in possession of 22.4 kg of cannabis sativa and 2.4 kg of psychotic substances.
He appealed to the public to assist the agency in its fight against drug abuse and illicit sale.
Jibrin urged the government to enact a law against the sale of improvised intoxicants being abused by youths and drivers in the state.