25th June, 2022
By Precious Akutamad
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Saturday disclosed that 145 suspected drug dealers are being prosecuted in various courts in Rivers State.
The State Commander of NDLEA in Rivers, Dr Ahmed Mamuda, made this known during a ceremony marking the 2022 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Port Harcourt.
According to him, the agency was prosecuting 145 drug suspects in the state and had also seized 277.239kgs of different drugs, including cocaine, heroin, fatermines and cannabis sativa.
Mamuda urged youths in the state to shun illicit drugs because of their danger to health, saying that as future leaders, they should not allow drugs to destroy their brain or health.
He urged stakeholders to help campaign against drug abuse in the country.
Mamuda stated that the 2022 celebration with the theme “Addressing Drug Challenges in Health and Humanitarian Crisis” focused on how to help the vulnerable and the drug dependent persons come out of the danger.
He said that the level of drug abuse and illicit trafficking in Nigeria had become worrisome and needed concerted efforts by all groups in the society to sensitise the public on the danger.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report that this year’s event in the state was preceded by a week long activities organised by the agency in collaboration with the Right Mind Leader Network.
Others partners in the programme were Ebus Pharmacy, Port Harcourt, the Students Union Government of the Rivers State University and the Nigeria Association of Foreign Trained Pharmacists (NAFTRAPH).
The Commander of Narcotics (CN) said: “We have been to mosque to preach about drug abuse. We are also going to churches to do the same.”