The Lagos State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA has seized over 3 tonnes of illicit drugs worth millions of naira in Lagos.
Alhaji Sule Aliyu, the Lagos State commander who made the disclosure on Tuesday, said the seizure was made between January and July 2018 and 166 suspects were arrested in connection with the drugs which include Cannabis Sativa, Tramadol, Cocaine, Exol, Raphynol and Heroine.
According to him, Cannabis Sativa, otherwise known as Igbo amounted to 1596.317 kilogrammes, Tramadol, with the total of 995.750 kilogrammes. Others are Diazepam 74.700 kilogrammes, 28.5 grammes of Cocaine and 7.3 grammes of Heroine.
108 suspects are responsible for the above seizures. their breakdown are 106 males and 2 females. All the suspects have been charged to court for prosecution. Also, 58 drug dependent persons were picked at the scene of operation and after ascertaining that they are drug users, were counseled and reintergrated to the society.
The prosecution unit successfully prosecuted and convicted 83 offenders at the Federal High Court, Lagos with various jail terms. He attributed the success story to the commitment of the officers and men of the command who are dedicated and are ready to give out their very best in the fight against drug abuse and illicit trafficking in Lagos State and Nigeria in general, despite many challenges.
“The general public is not left out the achievement recorded, but more is expected in providing credible information to help NDLEA in the execution of its duties. This is because the worst hit by the menace of drugs is the general public. There is no crime committed without drugs being involved”
He gave kudos to the Lagos State government for being supportive to the NDLEA in the fight against drug abuse and trafficking in illicit drugs, saying, the NDLEA is still soliciting for more support and collaboration because without such, the needed result cannot be achieved.
“Also corporate bodies can lend their hands in this regard as it is always said that ‘A drug problem Knows no bounds’. The media also cannot be left out in the success story as they have been rendering their quota in the war. The NDLEA solicits for more collaboration with the media in the area of the provision of space and air time for reporting drug issues and enlightenment campaign. Together, we can achieve a drug free society”, Alhaji Aliyu added.
Global Harmony Magazine learnt that the seized drugs will be destroyed publicly at a date and location to be announced later.