The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA says it has arrested no fewer than 1000 persons suspected to be dealing in illicit drugs from January to June this year.
The Anambra State Commander of the Agency, Mr. Sule Momodu said this in Awka , the state capital, at an event to mark the 2017 United Nations Day against illicit drug abuse and trafficking.
“Ten of the suspects had been convicted during the period, while 150 cases were pending in the Federal High Court, Awka,” Momodu stated.
Mr Momodu said the agency had executed 100 raids in and around Anambra during the period under review.
He maintained that the fight against illicit drugs required the efforts of governments at all levels, religious leaders and traditional rulers.
Momodu advised parents to always “listen to their children’s aspirations and needs, so as to guide them appropriately”.
A guest Lecturer and Assistant Director, NDLEA Training, Mr Abdul Momodu identified bad parenting, poverty and poor opportunities for education, as some of the factors that make children vulnerable to illicit drugs.
He observed that illicit drug was the great enabler to organized crime, saying parents should be closer to their children and wards to enable them to have strong bond.