National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Kaduna and Niger States Commands have confirmed the arrest of about 323 suspected drug traffickers and seized over 15million tons of exhibits.
While Kaduna command arrested 120 suspects, Niger apprehended 203 suspects in the last six months.
The State Commander of the Agency, Samuel Azige disclosed this during the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking organised by Nigas Rehabilitation and Skill Acquisition Training Center in Kaduna.
Mr. Azige also said the agency has convicted twenty-five suspects, counselled and rehabilitated sixty-eight people.
He disclosed that from January to date, in collaboration with other agencies, traditional and religious leaders, communities and organisations, the menace of drug abuse and distribution has drastically reduced.
The Commander opined that the agency cannot fight the menace alone and stressed the need for all and sundry to join hands in the fight against drugs, while commending the state government for providing the agency with all the necessary support towards fighting drug abuse.
Also in his address, the State Co-Ordinator, National Taskforce to Combat Illegal Importation and Smuggling of Small Arms, Light Weapon, Ammunition and other Related Materials, Mr. Collins Ogbonna, advocates that without the seriousness of Agencies, organisations, civil societies and other relevant authorities to teach and educate the populace on the danger associated with illicit trafficking and drugs abuse, the society will not be free of crimes.
He enjoined all to take into account the negative effects of organised crime on society particularly, on the sustainable development and to alleviate the factor that make people vulnerable to drug trafficking such as poverty, under-developed and lack of equal opportunity.
Mr. Ogbonna also advised that all hands must be on deck to ensure that the education of our children about drug abuse, drug trafficking and its negative consequence starts from our immediate families, schools and religion centres.
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Source:: Nigerian Pilot