Segun Showunmi in Ibadan
The Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Borno State Command has arrested a total number of 85 suspects, impounded 20.706kgs of illicit drugs, and also convicted two persons within one months.
Penpushing reports that the State Commander of the agency, Joseph Icha, stated this on Thursday in a press statement, stressing that in addition other cases are pending before the federal high court Maiduguri.
“NDLEA Borno State Command arrested 85 suspects and convicted two persons in July 2020, while other cases are pending before the federal high court Maiduguri. The suspects comprised Eighty-Four (84) men with One (1) woman in the month under review, mostly aged between 20years and 47 years,” he said.
“In the month under review, a total of 20.706kgs of assorted illicit substances were seized and withdrawn from circulation. The substances are made up of Cannabis Sativa 3.283kg, Cocaine 2.8gms, Heroin 1.4gms and Psychotropic substances 17.419kgs.”
Penpushing further reports that Icha explained that other drugs and prescription drugs of abuse that are in mils are as follows: Codeine Syrups 1200mils, Pentazocine Injection 40mils, Tramadol Injection 20mils and Oxytocine 170mils, bringing a total of 1430mils.
The agency boss stated that 42 drug users were counseled within the month under review and were successfully treated and handed over to their families, while three others, referred to as clients are admitted to undergo residential counselling in the command.
Penpushing also reports that, he reiterated that the agency enjoyed tremendous synergy with other sister security agencies operating in the state as well as the state government.