The National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested 88 suspected drug dealers and seized 857.320 kilograms of illicit drugs and psychologic substance within six months in Kebbi.
The state Commander of the agency, Mr Suleiman Jadi, made this known at an occasion marking the United Nations Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday.
“The command is fighting very hard to make sure that drug abuse and illicit trafficking is reduced to the barest minimum.
“Between January and June this year, the command seized a total of 857.320kg of illicit drugs and psychotropic substance, while 88 suspects were arrayed. Out of this figure, 782.464kg are psychotropic substance,” Jadi said.
He said the agency was able to convict 23 offenders to various jail terms within the period while other cases are still pending at the Federal High Court, Birnin Kebbi.
According to him, parents should listen to their children often and render help to them before they could get hooked on drugs.
The Commander also called on the general public to always supply the command with useful information on the activities of drug dealers in their communities.
“We shall intensify our efforts by collaborating with Kebbi Government for a massive public enlightenment programmes on the harmful effects of drug abuse.”
He commended Wife of the governor, Dr Zainab Bagudu for her efforts to make the state drug free.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme for this year’s commemoration “Listen First”, is to encourage parents and society give listening ears to drug users so as to save them from the menace. (NAN)