NDLEA arrest 386 persons with 3,217.472kg of drugs seized in 2016

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Plateau state Command said the Command in collaboration with other security agencies have arrested about 386 persons involved in drug abuse with a total of 3,217.472 Kgs of drugs seized in 2016.
Out of the 386 suspects, 369 were males while 17 were females arrested with different degree of offences comprising the pocession of cannabis sativa, psychotropic substances including cough syrups with codeine and cocaine.
The Commander, Dr. Ngozi Madubuike made this known yesterday during her welcoming speech at a one day workshop; theme: ‘War Against Drug Abuse & Trafficking’ organised by the Command and sponsored by the Plateau State Government for secondary school students in the State held at the NDLEA Academy Hall Lamingo, Jos the Plateau State capital.
Dr. Ngozi pointed that within the period under reviewed, “96 male suspects were convicted at the Federal High Court Jos, and the Command was able to rehabilitated and reintegrated 42 male drug dependent persons within the age range of 19 and 64 years.”
According to the her, “There are group-barons, cultivators, and middle men who do not care what damage and human tragedies they cause, their motives is money and they will stop at nothing to get it,” she lamented.
“Plateau youths are involved in drug abuse and trafficking sub culture, evidence has shown that adolescents and young adults between the age of 10 and 35 years constitute the high risk group for drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking in our society.
“The most common drugs abuse in Plateau State are Cannabis Sativa, popularly known as Igbo, wee wee, Psychotropic substances like Tramadol, Exol 5, Rohypnol, Diazepam, Cough syrup with Codeine and locally brewed alcoholic beverages like goskolo, burukutu, pito etc.”
The Commander added that the Command is working with Plateau State government and other stakeholders in tackling the menace of drug abuse and trafficking of persons in the State, where youths restiveness, armed robbery, violence, communal crises, murder, rape, prostitution, mental health problems and the untimely death of productive young people have become the order of the day in the State.
Governor Simon Lalong has pledge his readiness to support all efforts of relevant agencies in the State working towards curbing criminal elements in the State.
The governor was represented by Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hon. Rofina Gurumyen expressed concerned over the growing rate of social vices through illicit drugs consumption, indecent exposures, alcoholism, gangsterism violence and the general loss of moral values and called for social concern to everyone in the State.
“Individuals make up families, and families define society, when these units of communities are ravaged by the menace of drug abuse, we loose the very foundation of our corporate being as a  nation.”
The Plateau State Chief Judge, Justice Pius Damulak in his goodwill massage stressed that drugs barons must be targeted head long because they work towards destroying the society all in a bit to get money “and sometimes finances terrorism” aimed at causing confusion in the society for their evil businesses to strive.


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