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NDLEA secures 122 convictions in 2013

06 January 2014, 18:08

Jos - The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Plateau said on Monday it secured 122 convictions and seized 1 494.185 kilogrammes of hard drugs in 2013.

The NDLEA Commander in the state, Ngozi Madubuike, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos that all the convicts were males between the age of 17 and 22 years.

Madubuike said that their jail terms also ranged between 30 days and seven years in prison.

She attributed the rise in the use of drugs in Plateau to various factors, including peer group pressure, family disintegration, unemployment and cold weather.

"Other factors responsible are peer pressure, as young people want to be accepted by their friends so they indulge in the act of using illicit drugs.

"The parental disintegration is because most of them have family problems, then unemployment,'' she said.

She appealed to the public to cooperate with the agency by providing it with useful information that could assist in stopping drug trafficking and abuse.

The commander said the agency would not relent in its efforts to rid the society of illicit drugs.

-  NAN

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