The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) yesterday destroyed over 14,000 kilogrames of narcotic drugs at Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. The drugs were seized by the Ogun State Command of the agency. They consisted of 14,022.827kg of cannabis, 557 pinches of cocaine, 101 pinches of heroin and 50 pinches of amphetamines.
NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive Alhaji Ahmadu Giade: “The safety of our country tomorrow depends on our counter-narcotic measures today. Drugs packed in pinches suggest use. The astronomical rise in seized drugs is an indication of an increasing drug problem. We are working on strategies to arrest the development and prevent the situation from degenerating.”
Governor Ibikunle Amosun thanked officials of the agency for the seizures. He handed over a vehicle to the state command and urged the officers to work harder to rid the state of illicit drugs. Amosun, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, said “Development can only be achieved in a drug-free environment. If this large quantity of drugs was seized in just three years, it means there is more work to be done. We will support NDLEA in the drug war.”
State NDLEA Commander Mohammed Mohammed described the drug situation as “alarming”. Mohammed said: “Even primary school compounds and pupils are used to peddle drugs. This unfortunate development should not be allowed to degenerate because the youths are the leaders of tomorrow.” Mohammed said in the last four months, the command arrested 53 suspected drug traffickers and seized over 1, 000 kilogrammes of drugs.
He said three accused persons had been convicted and 73 hectares of cannabis plantation destroyed. Urging the public to be actively involved in the campaign against drug abuse and trafficking, Giade said: “I urge parents to know their children’s friends. Drug abuse can be prevented or minimised by choosing the right friends and associates. A bad situation can be averted when drug use is detected at the early stage.”