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NDLEA Seizes 13,125 Kilograms Of Illegal Drugs, Arrests 793 Suspects in Abuja

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NDLEA Seizes 13,125 Kilograms Of Illegal Drugs, Arrests 793 Suspects in Abuja

By Abdullahi Ahmad Bamalli

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has seized 13,125 kilograms of harmful drug substances and arrested 793 suspects in the year 2022.

Tsakwa explained that 2022 was a fruitful year for the command, adding that its record of arrests, seizures, and convictions was impressive.

FCT NDLEA commander-in-chief Kabir Tsakwa said at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday ahead of an event on grassroots awareness and awareness campaigns on the dangers of illegal drugs.

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He said the agency’s counselling and rehabilitation programs are also doing well in the area.

He explains that a total of 793 suspects were arrested, including 768 men and 29 women.

“13, 125 kilogrammes of different drug substances were seized. The breakdown of the seized drugs is 12,660.3 kilograms of cannabis sativa.

“Others include 21.957 kilogrammes of cocaine, 0.008 kilogrammes of Heroine, and 443.693 kilograms of different psychotropic substances, “he said.

The NDLEA boss said that the command also had 167 convictions of 161 males and six females.

Mr Tsakuwa said that 78 persons comprising 74 males and four females with drug use problems were successfully counselled and rehabilitated within the same period.

He added that efforts were on towards better achievements in drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction in the year 2023.

Mr Tsakuwa commended all stakeholders, including other security agencies, for their assistance in intelligence sharing, joint operations, and prevention of drug abuse and trafficking in the society.

He also commended the traditional rulers in FCT, saying that their past efforts were helpful and the agency remained appreciative.

“We must always remind ourselves that the drug problem exists in every community, and we need to address it at all levels.

“We, therefore, implore you to sustain this robust engagement with a view of ridding our society of substance abuse and its attendant consequences,“ he said.

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