National Drugs Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)’s Commander in Zamfara, Adamu Eigege disclosed that the agency had arrested 200 suspected drug dealers and users in 2016.
He also said the command has succeeded in seizing a total of 521.9 kilograms of various types of illicit drugs during this period as well.
Speaking at an occasion to mark the 2017 United Nation’s Anti Drug Abuse Day, Adamu Eigege said:
We arrested over 200 drugs dealers and users out of which 55 persons were charged to court, 49 people were convicted while six persons with different cases were before the Federal High Court, Gusau within the period.
As we all know, the scourge of illicit drugs does not pose danger to only the dealers or abusers but also the society at large.
The prevalence of illicit drug trafficking and abuse in Zamfara is a very disturbing phenomenon, more disturbing is the involvement of vulnerable groups such as women and children.
The abuses of non-conventional and over the counter drugs such as cough syrup, codeine are equally alarming in the state.
We are making deliberate efforts to partner with the State Government and all relevant stakeholders to carry out advocacy activities to sensitise the public, specially at rural communities to the dangers of trafficking and abuse of illicit drugs, NAN reports.
He also said that the command had counselled and reintegrated 183 drug clients with their families, adding that out of the total number, 174 suspects were males while nine were females.