22nd June, 2022
The Kogi State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has arrested 149 suspects with a total of 2, 699kg of assorted hard drugs between January and June.
The Kogi NDLEA Commander, Mr Abdulkadir Abdullahi Fakai, made the disclosure during a Press briefing on Tuesday in Lokoja to mark the beginning of a week long activities in celebration of the 2022 United Nations Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking.
Fakai said that the theme “Addressing Drug Challenges In Health And Humanitarian Crisis” was carefully chosen to mark the 2022 UN Day of fight against drug abuse.
The Commander said that 149 drug suspects made up of both males and females were arrested with the 2,699kg assorted drugs within the period under review include codeine, Methamphetamine, Exol-5, Diazepam, tramadol, Cannabis sativa and Pentazocine.
The NDLEA boss said that the Agency recorded the highest seizure of 948.956kg in April followed by 307.815kg in May while the least of 59.973 kg was recorded in June
He said that already the command has tried and convicted 29 accused persons while other cases are still pending at the Federal High Court, Lokoja.
“The drug situation in Nigeria and indeed Kogi is disturbing, especially being a microcosm of Nigeria, and as a federating unit, Kogi cannot stand alone in the face of this ominous threat of drug abuse and trafficking.
“The implication on security, economic and the general wellbeing is dire. Statistics and empirical facts from National Drug Law Enforcement Agency operations indicate clearly that drug problem is mutating into a colossal social problem.
“It has become an issue linked beyond doubt to escalation of insecurity and its attendant effects on peace and economy across the country, ” he said
According to him, “We know that drugs are mostly the catalyst for these vices, because anywhere that there is drug, there is crime and vice versa.”
He said that explains why the command has engaged in various operations, sensitization, courtesy/advocacy visits to Gov Yahaya Bello, Kogi, Secretary to State . Government, traditional rulers and the State security chiefs including the Nigerian Police and the Nigerian Army.
He disclosed, “In the area of drug abuse and preventive education (DAPE), 25 schools and organizations were sensitized from January to date while 84 clients referred from investigation units were counselled within the period.”
“Drug war is a onerous task that can not be left in the hands of the agency alone.”
He enumerated some successes recorded within the period to include arrest/seizure of a J5 bus, intercepted along Okene/Lokoja-Abuja expressway conveying 750kg of dried weeds (Indian Hemp), interception of 29 pieces of sewn military camouflage uniforms in a truck and arrest of a jail breaker.
Fakai, however, called on the general public for cooperation, support and provision of useful information to the agency whenever they see or hear something strange.
He said that all hands must be on deck as the Agency cannot do it alone, but the government at all levels, traditional institutions, Religious and opinion Leaders, NGOs must give a helping hand to ensure a drug free Kogi and Nigeria as a whole..