By Rasheedah Makinde

Nigeria drug law enforcement agency, NDLEA says it has declared zero tolerance for drug abuse and illicit trafficking.

The NDLEA commander in Oyo state, Mr Olayinka Joe-Fadile stated this during a walk to commemorate this year’s international day against Drug abuse and illicit trafficking.

Mr Joe-Fadile said the walk became imperative as part of efforts of the command to campaign against the wrong usage of drugs which are damaging and eating away people’s health on a daily basis.

He said despite the efforts of NDLEA and other stakeholders, the abuse of drugs and trafficking still persist, hence the need for the agency to continue its campaign on the negative effects of drugs on individuals, communities and the society at large.

Mr Joe-Fadile who explained that it was unfortunate that as NDLEA was working assiduously to eradicate drug abuse of most of the substances, the people involved always find a way of introducing new drugs to the society, noted that the command has been advocating investment in prevention of drug abuse, empowerment of communities to be able to handle the prevention as well as facilitating dialogue and collaboration with stakeholders.

Mr Joe-Fadile stated further that the command also promotes evidence base policy making of all government level and also engage communities in prevention schemes to empower youths and facilitate international cooperation.

He noted that since June last year to today, the command had arrested five hundred and fifty four suspects with various drug types and also seized five thousand three hundred and eighty eight kilograms of drugs and also convicted fifty six drug users.

“The command had also rehabilitated and released twenty two drug addicts while seven drug addicts are still in their custody for rehabilitation”.

The NDLEA boss in Oyo state, therefore , called on community, religious and traditional leaders to partner the agency to collectively nip the act of drug peddling in the bud as they are closer to the grassroots.

Our correspondent reports that The walk which started from NDLEA’s office passed through Onireke, Jembewon, mokola, Dugbe and back to their headquarters at Onireke GRA,was joined by other security agencies in Oyo state.

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