NDLEA Arrests 159 For Drugs

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA yesterday said it apprehended 159  suspected drug traffickers and seized 4.7 metric tonnes of cannabis in Lagos between  January and September.

In a statement by its Head of Public Affairs, Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju, the NDLEA said that  141 of the suspects were male and 18 females.

The agency said that its Lagos State command had secured the conviction of 62 drug  traffickers in the past nine months while 4,700kg of illicit drugs had been confiscated.

It said that its Acting Commander in the state, Mrs Kenechi Nnoruka, was working out  modalities to eradicate drug trafficking in the commercial city.

“The socio-economic, political and cultural implications of cannabis cultivation,  trafficking and abuse are devastating.

“The latest research has reinforced the damaging impact of the drug on the brain,” the  agency said.

It urged parents to ensure that their children and wards kept away from drugs.

“We are coming all out against narcotics in our society. Even cannabis that is locally  cultivated is harmful.

“It affects the central nervous system, causing damage to the brain.

“Cannabis abuse is linked with criminality. Many great destinies have been lost through  drug abuse habits,” it added.

The NDLEA gave the assurance that the suspects would soon be charged to court.