Lagos State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has apprehended 420 suspected drug traffickers with 8,300.277kg of various drugs in the past ten months. Within the period, 69 persons were convicted for drug related charges while other cases are pending. NDLEA commander in the State, Mr. Aliyu Sule, who gave the statistics, described drug abuse in Lagos as alarming.
According to Sule, “the problem of drug abuse in the State is alarming. Between January and October the command arrested 420 drug traffickers comprising 387 males and 33 females. A total of 8,300.277kg of drugs were also seized. The drugs include 8,186.320kg of cannabis, psychotropic substances 73.450kg, methamphetamine 34.016kg, heroin 4.688kg and cocaine 1.803kg”.
The commander equally thanked the Nigerian army for collaborating with the Agency in the State. “Within the period under review, we have had two successful joint operations with the military. The first raid carried out in June 2013, led to the seizure of 3,166.15kg and arrests of 47 suspects. Another raid in November led to the arrest of 15 suspects with 680.266kg of narcotic drugs mainly cannabis”.
NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Ahmadu Giade said the Agency will continue to partner with the Army and other security organizations. In his words, “the support of Army Commander in charge of 9 Brigade, Brigadier General Adeniyi Oyebade has aided the successful raid of sensitive locations like Akala and Akerele Agege, Lagos”.
Giade called for the assistance of government and private sector in finding a lasting solution to the drug abuse problem. According to him, “we need the support of government and private sector in the construction of an ultra-modern rehabilitation Centre in Lagos. This is needed to effectively address the problem of drug abuse in the State. The Agency is also working very hard to prevent drug supply to the State”.
The NDLEA boss also called on parents to inculcate discipline in their children.