The Nationwide Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Imo Advise, said it seized 1,471kg of laborious pills in the voice between July 2021 and June 2022.
NDLEA’s Bid Commandant, Mr Reuben Apeh, who made the disclosure to newsmen on Thursday in Owerri, added that within the interval, the suppose moreover arrested 218 drug suspects comprising 171 males and 47 females,
Apeh became as soon as talking at the celebration of actions to price the 2022 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, with its theme as: “Addressing Drug Challenges in Health and Humanitarian Crises.”
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the UN celebrates June 26 yearly to form consciousness on the dangers of illicit divulge of pills.
Apeh further famend that while the suppose arraigned 145 suspects, 51 folk bear been convicted for drug-connected offences within the identical interval.
He listed the seized pills to consist of cannabis sativa, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, tramadol, rohypnol and diazepam, among others.
He said 30 drug users bear been counselled while nine bear been successfully rehabilitated and reunited with their families.
” The divulge of these substances has been greeted with gory reports of all styles, ranging from violence, cultism, and armed robbery to rape, creating an atmosphere of danger and insecurity in the voice.
” The actions of drug peddlers in Imo has change into alarming as they’ve change into an increasing selection of refined among the many younger folk, including girls.
” We must rise to the occasion, partner with the company and reach out to residents of the voice, with a look to discouraging youths and adults from drug abuse,” he said.
He, alternatively, thanked the males and officers of the suppose for his or her resilience and pledged its unrelenting dedication to the battle against drug abuse.