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NDLEA Confirms Arrest of 85 Drug Suspects In Six Months

By Collins Amadi – The National Drug Law Enforcement (NDLEA) has announced it has arrested 85 suspects in connection with drug related offences in the last six months of the year.

Ebonyi State Commander of the agency, Mr Raph Igwenagu made the confirmation Saturday, in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, at the kickoff of the 2015 International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking.

According to him, a total of 75 males as well as 10 females have been arrested, with 55 kilogrammes of drugs being confiscated from them.

Mr. Igwenagu also informed that the State’s NDLEA Command has equally secured the conviction of 25 suspects, while 35 drug users were counselled and discharged and three drug dependent persons were currently undergoing rehabilitation.

The Commander indicated that drug abuse did not only influence anti-social behavior, but a major prompt and factor for various crimes and criminalities, including assassination, armed robbery, youth restiveness and cultism among others.

He lamented that youth’s involvement in drug abuse had resulted to many social challenges, such as breakdown in societal and family values, increase in school dropouts, low productivity as well as spread of HIV and AIDS.

Consequently, Mr. Igwenagu urged Nigerians to support all efforts already put in place to seriously assess the challenges in the society and provide the means to stop them.

He stressed that the forum would serve as a “veritable platform for the agency to critically appraise its activities” in the better part of the year as well as provide the compass necessary to chart a way forward.

The occasion also had in attendance the State’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Dikko Maigari. The Police Boss warned Nigerian youths to desist from drug abuse, due to its severe effects.


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