Abuja - The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Thursday said it seized 12 tonnes of various illicit drugs in the last eight months.
The Federal Capital Territory Commander of the agency, Chidi Obiefule, said this when he visited the Commander of Guards Brigade, Brig.-Gen. Emmanuel Atewe, in his office in Abuja.
Obiefule said the seized drugs include cannabis, cocaine, heroin, among others, noting that in 2012 alone, the agency seized over five tonnes of illicit drugs in the Federal Capital Territory.
He said those arrested for their involvement in the cultivation, sales and consumption of the illicit drug had been prosecuted.
The commander said that approval of the national headquarters had been secured to destroy the fortified exhibits.
He said the agency had secured a court order to burn over seven tonnes, while the agency had also applied for approval to burn more three tonnes.
"Last year alone, the agency convicted 89 accused persons within the Federal Capital Territory and as at August, this year, we have secured 50 convictions as well.
"This is geared toward deterring people from producing and trafficking in these drugs, still more people get involved.
"We are not limiting our efforts on arrest and prosecution, we also have a unit that counsel drug-dependent persons,’’ he said.
According to him, the agency last year counselled 62 drug-dependent persons, adding that as at August, the agency has counselled 65 persons.
Obiefule said the agency organised enlightenment programmes in schools, communities, motor parks as well as establish drug-free clubs in schools to ensure that the students were not lured into drugs.