Plateau NDLEA Intercepts Over 150 Kg Fake Drugs In Seven MonthsLatest News, News Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
Agabus Pwanagba, Jos
The Plateau State Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has intercepted a total of 159.216kg of psychotropic substances of dangerous drugs between January 2014 to date.
State’s Commandant, Anthonia Madubuike disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Jos, the state capital on Wednesday.
Madubuike warned that, the agency would not spare anyone engaged in counterfeit drug activities, threatening 15 years jail term or fine of N500, 000 awaits convicted victims.
“In view of the addictive nature of these substances and the danger they posed to the public, the government through the NDLEA decree 48 of 1989 now NDLEA act cap N30 LFN 2004, restricted the sale and dispensing of these classes of drugs.
“It is pertinent to know that in the year 2013, 104.216kg and 55kg in 2014 of controlled drugs were intercepted” recalled the anti – drug agency boss.
She maintained “With enormous responsibility for the coordination of all drug laws, we have opted to embark on this strategic enlightenment, sensitization, education and dialogue to complement enforcement activities in Plateau State.
“It is sad to note that these psychotropic substances are freely obtained over the counter from patent medicine stores ,while some of these drugs are not even sold in the original packs of the manufacturers but are dispensed,counted or measured out from containers” Madubuike lamented.
Many of the patent medicine dealers according to her have converted their shops into clinics, where they treat patients and carry out minor surgeries such as abortion, thereby exposing the public to great danger.
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