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NDLEA destroys N2bn worth of illegal drugs in Akwa Ibom

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Akwa Ibom State Command, has destroyed 2.768 metric tonnes of illegal drugs worth over N2 billion in the state.

The state government commended the drug law enforcement agency and promised to support it in its efforts to reduce drug-related offences to zero in the state and across Nigeria.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Deputy Governor’s Press Secretary, Ekikere Umoh, on Thursday after the Chairman of the agency, Brigadier General Mohammed Marwa (retd), paid a courtesy call on Deputy Governor Moses Ekpo at the Government House, Uyo.

Marwa, who was represented by the Secretary to the Authority, Barr. Shedrach Haruna, listed the drugs destroyed to include cannabis sativa, cocaine, heroin and other psychotropic substances.

He said the drugs were seized between 2014 and September 2021, adding that the destruction was in line with the authority’s law which requires it to take action to destroy seized narcotics and psychotropic substances.

The Chairman assured that the Authority would not rest on its efforts to rid the country of the menace of hard drugs, stating that the NDLEA was not only involved in the arrest and prosecution of drug offenders, but was also fighting the scourge through aggressive education and sensitisation programmes for vulnerable youths and other groups.

He disclosed that the agency recently set up a toll-free call centre, which is available 24 hours a day, for citizens who need help with drug-related matters.

The chairman, who appreciated the federal and state governments and other partners for their support in the fight against illegal drugs, requested the state government to provide land for the construction of a barracks for the command as well as the establishment of drug-free clubs in schools to curb the menace.

Responding, Deputy Governor Moses Ekpo appreciated the positive report of the agency and commended Buba Marwa for positively changing the performance picture of the agency nationwide with his appointment.

He said the NDLEA’s efforts have led to an increase in drug seizures, arrests and convictions at critical drug corridors across the country, adding that Akwa Ibom’s command recently arrested and seized 90 kilogrammes of a substance believed to be amphetamine, as well as other seizures.

“This has obviously rubbed off on the Akwa Ibom State office with the result that we have been able to more effectively curb the challenges of drug abuse and illicit trafficking,” he said.

The deputy governor called on the federal government to provide the NDLEA with more resources to not only support the state agencies but also procure the necessary working tools for a revolution in the fight against unhealthy drug use.

“I call on Nigerians to join hands with the government in the fight against drug use and illicit trafficking. The negative consequences of drug abuse are far-reaching, including the negative impact on the health of our people, preventable road accidents and drug-related crime,” Ekpo appealed.

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