Awka - The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Saturday expressed concern over increasing cases of illicit drug trafficking in Obosi, Idemili North Local Government Area, Anambra.
Sule Momodu, Commander of the agency in the state, told newsmen in Awka that officials were working hard to combat the drug trafficking menace in the area.
He appealed to residents in the community to avail the command with useful information on the obnoxious trade and persons behind it in the area.
"We want information on how to get those who are behind illicit drug trafficking in Obosi.
"Those who are selling the drugs to the people who are now junkies, once you get rid of such persons, Obosi will be free from drug menace," he said.
Momodu announced the resolution of the command to rid the community and entire state of drug trafficking.
He said that Obosi had been known as a trouble zone, which needed the support and cooperation of residents in the area with information to aid the agency’s fight against the illicit trade in the area.
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He appealed to the state government to support the command with logistics that would aid its operations in the state.
"We are working but we need vehicles, we need other logistics and if all these are made available, it will enhance our ability to rid Anambra of illicit drugs.
"We have not been able to do much campaign in the state because our resources are limited.
"We run two radio programmes; we also run a quiz contest for secondary schools but not every school is participating; we don’t know why?
"The government has said that every school should establish a drug-free club but the school authorities are not supporting the programme," he said.
Momodu added that "the projection of NDLEA in the state is to reduce, to the barest minimum, illicit drug trafficking and abuse.
"I know that as time goes on and with a better working environment and better resources, everything will be better.
"We are working seriously to get at the drug dealers at Obosi, my biggest headache in Anambra."