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NDLEA seizes 3mkg of drugs in 11 months


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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said it seized over three million kilograms of illicit drugs between January and November nationwide.

The Chairman, NDLEA, (Retd.) Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, said this during the public destruction of illicit drugs yesterday in Abuja.

Marwa was represented by the secretary of the agency, Shadrach Haruna.

“Between January and November, we mopped up over three million kilograms of illicit drugs and psychoactive substances in the country.

“We have arrested 10,355 traffickers, with at least 1,000 in jail while others are going through trials in court. Over 5,579 drug users have been counselled and rehabilitated.

“Still, we are not resting on our oars. This time around, we are going to clean the Augean stable. We are getting more sophisticated equipment that will enable us to achieve our operational mandates.

“Our workforce has been motivated to perform with promotions and performance reward schemes, while we have also bolstered our strength with the employment of 5,000 officers and men this year,” he said.

The NDLEA boss said that 10.6 million Nigerians abuse cannabis, making them the highest number of people addicted to the psychotropic plant.