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NDLEA decries rise in drug trafficking in Oyo

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THE National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has lamented the huge challenge of drug trafficking and abuse in Oyo State especially among the youth.

  The agency made this known during public destruction of fortified Illicit Drug Exhibit where it destroyed drugs weighing 17,000 kilograms at the worth of over N1billion in Ibadan recently.

  According to the agency, the illicit drugs were seized between 2017 and 2021, while between January 1, 2022 till date; NDLEA has arrested a total of 153 suspects for drug offences and seized 815.88kg of illicit drugs. It has also secured 31 convictions so far.

  Speaking at the event, Chairman, NDLEA, Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd.) said the large seizure by the state command of the agency indicated that there is drug use prevalence in the state, calling for cooperation between the agency and concerned stakeholders in salvaging the situation.

  Marwa, represented by the secretary of the agency, Shadrach Haruna, said the occasion was open window for the public to have an insight into what the officers and men of the agency are doing behind the scene.

  He said: “To be destroyed today is an illicit drug haul weighing approximately 16,799kg, comprising 16,473kg of cannabis sativa, 4g of cocaine and 326kg of psychotropic substances. The worth of these substances is well over N1billion.

  “What this large seizure by the Oyo State Command of NDLEA tells us is that there is significant drug use prevalence in the state.

  “We can hardly quantify the scale of the problem averted by preventing these substances from falling into wrong hands. We know too well the kind of problems that result from the abuse of illicit substances just as we are aware that some of the challenges facing our society are due to in part to years of passivity towards matters of abuse and trafficking of illicit drugs.

  Speaking at the event, Governor Seyi Makinde, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, said the security of lives and property of people of the state is a cardinal focus of his government.

  He reiterated his administration’s support for the activities of the agency in the state.

“Illicit drugs are definitely a menace in our society and while we destroy the drugs, I think one thing we need to think about and discuss is that if there is no market then the drugs will not

 Earlier in his remarks, the Oyo State commander of the agency, Abdullahi Saeed, disclosed that a total of 358 suspects were arrested in connection with the drugs, noting that they were diligently prosecuted while 203 out of them had been convicted and sentenced to various terms of imprisonment.

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