3,359 Arrested, 677 Drug Traffickers Jailed and 65,915.891kg Seized in Qtr1

FOLLOWING the intensification of the war against illicit drug trafficking and abuse across Nigeria, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has disclosed that no less than 677 traffickers have been convicted and sentenced to various jail terms between January and March 2022.

The agency, which made the disclosure on Wednesday, added that it made a total of T 3,359 arrests and intercepted 65,915.891kg of assorted drugs over the same period just as it counseled 2,223 drug users through brief interventions and rehabilitated in its facilities across the country.

According to the agency, the figures represent a fair balance between the agency’s drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction activities.
A breakdown of the report indicates that Lagos has the highest figure of drug seizures with 22,192.62kg of illicit substances recovered from parts of the state, followed by the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Command, Ikeja, also in Lagos, with 8,979.869kg of drugs seized between January and March.
Kano and Kaduna, the report has it, led the pack in the arrests of offenders category, with 194 arrests each within the same period.

While a total of 257 hectares of cannabis farms were destroyed in forests across Ondo state, 14.869 hectares suffered same fate in Edo, with a hectare destroyed in Bayelsa state within the same period.
A further breakdown of the drugs seized within the first quarter of the year shows Cannabis leading the table in January, with 8,205.75kg, followed by Codeine -414.281kg, Diazepam -192.459kg, Tramadol -135.067kg, Rophynol -43.062kg and Cocaine -24.32kg. In February, Cannabis also topped the list of seizures with 20,538.79kg, Codeine -1,848.052kg, Tramadol -540.354kg, Diazepam -137.041kg, Rophynol -80.261kg, Cocaine -15.727kg;l, Methamphetamine – 6.207kg and Heroin – 4.006kg.

Cannabis also topped the list of seizures in March with 21,583.81kg, followed by Tramadol -8,965.319kg, Codeine -417.207kg, Diazepam -57.755kg, Cocaine -45.082kg, Methamphetamine -7.527kg; Rophynol -6.34kg and Heroin -1.497kg.

While appreciating the commitment of officers and men of the Agency for a commendable performance in the first quarter of the year, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) urged them not to rest on their oars. He assured them that every outstanding performance would always attract commensurate commendation and/or reward.

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