NDLEA impounds 39,224,109kg drugs in Kano

Acheme Jack, Kano

Nigeria’s Anti-narcotic agency National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Kano state Command has seized over 39, 224.109 Kilograms of assorted drugs in the last one year.

The state commander Mr. Hamza Umar disclosed this during the 2017 United Nations drug-free day with the team “Listen First.”

Hamza listed some of the illicit drugs seized to include, “Cannabis Sativa which weighed the highest with 6451.976KG, followed by Psychotropic substances weighing 32715.166KG.”

He stressed that the Command also impounded 358.3 grammes of cocaine, 8.5 grammes of heroine, 31.8kg of methamphitamine and 24.8kg of ephedrine.

According to him, “over 768 suspects were arrested out of which 505 suspects were counseled, 68 rehabilitated, while 240 convictions were also secured.”

Hamza said the major factors leading to drug abuse are within the community, “the drugs are found there, the abusers and dealers are stationed there, while the resources to fight this monster are also based there.

“The full support and involvement of the various groups in the community is indeed necessary,” emphasised Hamza

He added that having reviewed arrest and seizure statistics from January to June 2017, “we noticed that there is a serious decrease in terms of the supply and consumption of the United Nations class “A” drugs otherwise known as hard drugs, for example, cocaine, heroin and cannabis sativa, Ironically, we noticed an increase in the use of syrups and pentazocine injection.”

The command noted that there is serious increase in drugs-related crimes in the state and has taken all the necessary and needed steps to curtail it.

He said that a 16-man committee has been inaugurated in Kano state to coordinate all plans and strategies aimed at curtailing the menace of drug abuse in the state.

Also speaking at the event, the NDLEA Commander in charge of Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Mr. Ambrose Umoru  said that, “from June last year to date, MAKIA Command has seized 10.6 kilogrammes of heroin, 700 grammes of cocaine, prosecuted five people who are serving different jail terms.”