Crime

NDLEA Intercepts 1800 Kilo of Drugs, Arrests 205 Suspects in Ogun

In Ogun State, the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, says it has intercepted about one thousand eight hundred kilogrammes of drugs and arrested 205 suspects for drug-related offences within the last one year. 

The State Commander of NDLEA, Ishaku Kwajafa made this known to newsmen in Abeokuta in commemoration of this year’s United Nations International Day against Drugs Abuse and Illicit Drugs Trafficking.

The State Commander of NDLEA, Ishaku Kwajafa said the suspects apprehended by the Command, including twenty-eight women and with one hundred and seventy-seven men, were arrested for possession of drugs, ranging from Cannabis sativa to cocaine and heroin as well as psychotropic substances such as Tramadol and Diazepam.

The NDLEA state commander said 7 persons had been convicted during the one year period while the Command also secured court orders for the destruction of about thirty three thousand, one hundred kilograms of exhibit seized from suspects. 

Mr Kwajafa, who explained that twenty eight suspects had been counselled by the Command while 3 persons were referred to hospitals, called for cooperation of every member of the society towards reducing the cases of drugs abuse and trafficking. 

The event witnessed the parade of two suspects who were arrested during the lockdown at Sagamu interchange axis of the Lagos – Ibadan expressway. 

Assistant State Commander of the Agency in Charge of Operations and Intelligence, Mr Godwin Ameh explained that the two female suspects were arrested at the point of offloading the contraband which they allegedly transported from Owo in Ondo state under the escort of military personnel. 

The suspects, while speaking with on journalists claimed that it was their first attempt and blamed their actions on the prevailing harsh economic condition of the country. 

The Ogun State Command of NDLEA reiterated its commitment to the fight against illicit drugs use and trafficking in collaboration with schools, community development associations and faith based organizations among other stakeholders. 

The theme for this year’s International Day against Drugs Abuse and Illicit Drugs Trafficking is “better knowledge for better care” with the hashtag ‘FactsForSolidarity’. 

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Modupeola Sobukola.

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