By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Kogi State Command on Thursday said it made a total seizure of 6,911.2kg of illicit substances and arrested 273 suspects in connection with the seizures in Kogi, between January and December, this year (2023).
Mr Adeyeye Olusegun, Commander of the NDLEA in Kogi who disclosed at a press conference in Lokoja described the feat as “very remarkable and steady progress” in demand and supply reduction in the fight against drug abuse and trafficking in the state.
The Commander said that the progress made by the Command came with challenges though surmountable, considering the professional display put up by my officers and men, who worked tirelessly to check the traffickers.
He said that the hard drugs weighing 6, 911.2 kilograms seized within the period include Cannabis Sativa, Tramadol, Diazepam, Meth, Rohypnol, Pentazocine Injection and Exol-5.
Others according to him, are Cocaine, Codeine, Pethidine Injection, Ergometrine Injection, Nitrous, Oxide and Heroin adding that out of the 273 suspects arrested, 229 are male while 44 are female.
Out of this figure, he said, 17 suspects were tried and convicted adding that the NDLEA filed 86 cases in the courts and got 17 convictions within the period under review.
Olusegun disclosed that the command was able to seize other exhibits which were not within its purview to activate prosecution but were subsequently transferred to appropriate authorities for investigation and prosecution.
The exhibits included: 60 pieces of Military Uniform Vest, 90 Super Power Explosives, two Local Pistols, four Pump Action Rifles, one RLA and 1, 250 pieces of Cartridges, which had all been transferred to the Nigerian Military in Lokoja.
He said that 199 Cartons of Nitrous Oxide, another exhibit discovered in two buses had also been transferred to NAFDAC for investigation and possible prosecution of the suspects involved.
“As part of our drug demand reduction/advocacy activities from January till date, the command has counseled 147 males and 30 females respectively.
He said that the Command carried out sensitisation programmes in over 12 schools, religion centers, motor parks, market squares and other public places.
“The command has paid advocacy and familiarisation visits to some Royal fathers including the Attah Igala, HRM Mathew Opaluwa-Oguche, and HRM Solomon Oladele-Owoniyi Obaro of Kabba, to seek collaboration in the fight against drug abuse and trafficking.
“The royal fathers have pledged to partner and support the command in the fight against drug abuse in the state”, he said.
The commander, however, warned drug traffickers and abusers to stay clear of Kogi with their nefarious activities or get arrested to face the full wrath of the law.
He appealed to the people of the state to shun use of illicit substances and endeavour to promptly report drug abusers or traffickers as part of their contributions to ridding the state of criminal elements. (Ends)