Nearly a million kilogrammes of banned drugs seized in Nigeria in 2015 — NDLEA

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has said 903,624.56 kilogrammes of narcotic drugs were seized from 8,778 suspected drug traffickers in 2015.

Mustapha Abdallah, the agency’s chairman, said the alleged traffickers comprised of 8,143 males and 635 females.

Mr. Abdallah, a retired colonel, spoke Tuesday during a flag off of activities marking the 2016 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Lagos.

A breakdown of the seized drugs are as follows; cannabis 871,480.32kg, psychotropic substances 30,652.93kg, ephedrine 785.10kg, methamphetamine 410.82kg, cocaine 260.47kg, heroin 30.09kg and amphetamine 4.83kg.

The Agency also said it won 1,690 cases prosecuted in 2015.

The theme of this year’s World Drug Day focuses on drug abuse prevention and places a responsibility on parents, guardians, opinion leaders and stakeholders to listen to the views of persons with drug abuse problem with a view to helping them overcome drug use.

Mr. Abdallah said the occasion presents an opportunity for self-appraisal on how the country has suppressed illicit production and trade in narcotic drugs; he gave the campaign theme as “Listen First”.

“Substance abuse is an equal opportunity ailment with medically certified preventive and treatment solutions,” said the NDLEA boss.

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“This theme is a timely caution for persons who may be provoked by the involvement of their loved ones in drug abuse into treating them harshly and unconventionally.

“Lets listen to them and share in their pain as we take necessary steps in drug abuse counselling, treatment and rehabilitation.”

The Agency also introduced a drug support group called The Drug Anonymous Support Group for people trying to remain in remission from drug dependency and use but need peer support assistance and encouragement to cope with the everyday pressures associated with illicit drug use.

“This affords them a platform for continuous help without fear of inhibition as this group provides a safe environment where their individual challenges and problems can be discussed and addressed,” said Mr. Abdallah.

The weeklong programme of event will include a sensitization road walk, campaign in mosques on Friday, and in churches on Sunday.

Activities for the programme would be rounded up on Monday, June 27th, according to the NDLEA.

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Mr. Abdallah said notwithstanding the numerous challenges, Nigeria is championing the war against illicit drugs and would sustain the lead ahead of drug syndicates.

“Let me reassure members of the public that the Agency shall continue to intensify its intelligence gathering and management machinery,” he said.

“We shall unmask more faces behind the obnoxious drug trade and prosecute them. Our advocacy and sensitization programmes shall also be expanded.

“We are doing everything to secure the future of our great country from the wicked clutches of drug trafficking and abuse.”

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