11th October, 2010
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA yesterday said it apprehended 159Â suspected drug traffickers and seized 4.7 metric tonnes of cannabis in Lagos betweenÂ January and September.
In a statement by its Head of Public Affairs, Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju, the NDLEA said thatÂ 141 of the suspects were male and 18 females.
The agency said that its Lagos State command had secured the conviction of 62 drugÂ 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 outÂ modalities to eradicate drug trafficking in the commercial city.
â€œThe socio-economic, political and cultural implications of cannabis cultivation,Â trafficking and abuse are devastating.
â€œThe latest research has reinforced the damaging impact of the drug on the brain,â€ theÂ agency said.
It urged parents to ensure that their children and wards kept away from drugs.
â€œWe are coming all out against narcotics in our society. Even cannabis that is locallyÂ cultivated is harmful.
â€œIt affects the central nervous system, causing damage to the brain.
â€œCannabis abuse is linked with criminality. Many great destinies have been lost throughÂ drug abuse habits,â€ it added.
The NDLEA gave the assurance that the suspects would soon be charged to court.