Minna - The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Tuesday said that it had arrested 66 suspects with 1 864.96 kilogrammes of various illicit drugs substances in Niger in the past six months.
The Commander of the NDLEA in the state, Abdullahi Abdul, said made the disclosure in Minna at a news conference as part of activities to mark this years UN Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
"Between January to June, the command has arrested 66 suspects with 1 864.96 kilogrammes of various illicit drug substances, out of which Indian hemp took the lead,'' he said.
Abdul said that 26 of the suspects had been convicted to various jail terms by the Federal High Court in Minna, while 21 clients had been counselled.
Abdul also said that the remaining cases were still pending in courts.
He said that this year's event with the slogan: "Make Health Your New High in Life, not Drugs'', was aimed at raising awareness on the major problems posed by illicit drugs to the society, especially to the young people.
``The campaign is meant to inspire people and mobilise support for drug supply, control and to demand reduction across the world,’’ he said.