The Lagos State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Nigeria says they have seized no fewer than 14, 196, 800kg of hard drugs in the last one year.
They added that a total of 583 suspects were arrested in connection with the substances within the same period under review.
The Commander of the Command Barr. Ralph Igwenagu made the disclosure during a press release to commemorate the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking slated for 26th June 2020.
Igwenagu explained that the narcotics comprise of Cannabis Sativa, Tramadol, Rohypnol, Cough Syrup with Codeine among others.
In addition, he said the Command secured the conviction of 144 defendants, who were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment, while 160 drug users were counseled and rehabilitated.
He asserted that the Command is not leaving any stone unturned in its resolve to frontally confront the problem through effective commitment to its mandate, adding that the efforts are yielding tremendous results in all fronts despite the global Coronavirus pandemic.
The Commander emphasized that the command is determined to curtail to the barest minimum the menace of drug abuse and illicit trafficking in the state through effective drug law enforcement, prosecution of drug law offenders as well public enlightenment and sensitization, advocacy and rehabilitation of addicts.
Speaking on the 2020 Drugs Day themed “Better Knowledge for Better Care” , Igwenagu said the theme is quite apt and timely as it clearly underscores the current response to the current world drug challenge which requires better and informed knowledge of drug use disorders which are the result of a complex inter play of factors that are beyond the control of an individual.
According to him, the theme aims at improving the understanding of the world drug problem and fostering greater international co-operation for countering its impact on health, governance and security.
He explained that the United Nations International Day is a day when nations of the world are required to assess their performances in drug control and are expected to re-invigorate their efforts at curtailing the drug menace.
While lamenting the consequences of hard drugs on the human race he said, “The problem of drug trafficking and abuse has reached an epidemic level all over the world. It has become an embarrassing scourge afflicting both individuals and the society at large.
”It has destabilized families, truncated the promising future of the youths and has remained a negative force driving anti-social behavior and the increasing deterioration of societal values and norms.
The escalating wave of crime and criminality such as banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, militancy, terrorism and other forms of societal decay which are challenges confronting us today are rooted in the pervasive consumption of drugs.
The challenge is further compounded by the ever increasing number of Psychoactive Substances of abuse and use of prescription drugs such as Tramadol, Cough syrup with Codeine, Rohypnol and the locally blended Skushi drink by youths between 18 and 35 years. This has become worrisome indeed”