31 January 2013

Nigeria: NDLEA Arrests 411 for Drug-Related Offences in Katsin - Commandant

The NDLEA in Katsina State has arrested 411 persons for drug-related offences in 2012.

The Commandant, Hajiya Maryam Gambo, said this on Thursday in Katsina while briefing newsmen on the command's activities.

She said that a total of 1,068 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa, popularly called "Indian hemp" and 12.7 kilogrammes of psychotropic substances were also seized during the period.

According to her, 45 persons were convicted and are currently serving their various jail terms ranging from six months to 25 years imprisonment while 62 were awaiting trials.

Gambo said that the command had also counseled and rehabilitated 265 drug users in the state.

She expressed concern over the rate at which women and teenagers got involved in drug abuse in the state.

"It is disheartening that abuse of rubber solution, nail polish remover, lizard dung, petrol and inhaling of pit latrines are still widespread among women and children," she added.

Gambo appealed that the war should not be left alone to the NDLEA.

She, therefore, solicited for the support of all and sundry in the fight against drug abuse and trafficking in the state.

The commandant also said that inadequacy of manpower and vehicles for operations were the major problems the command had been facing in the discharge of its duties.

"The command has only two vehicles for operations to cover all the 34 local government areas of the state," she added.

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