As the World marks the United International Day Against Drug Abuse, the Adamawa State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has arrested 296 offenders and seized 3,107kg of illicit drugs in the last one year.
This was disclosed at a press briefing, marking the commencement of the week-long activities in the state.
The Adamawa State commander of NDLEA, Mr. Femi Agboalu said “in the last one year the command has recorded robust achievements by arresting drug offenders comprising 286 males and 11 females and seized 3,107.786kg”.
“As we will join the rest of the world in commemorating the world drug day with a week long activities starting with this press briefing today being 20th June 2022; Wednesday 22nd will be for advocacy road walk against drugs; Friday for Jumaat prayers, Saturday 25th for guest lecture, and Sunday 26th for thanksgiving service
“The theme for this year’s commemoration is addressing drug challenges in health and humanitarian crisis.”
“This theme is a clarion call in addressing transnational drug challenges arising from situations of crisis and protecting the right to health for the most vulnerable, including children and youth; people using drugs, people with drug use disorders; and people who need access to controlled medicines,” he said.
He noted that the Adamawa State command within a year i.e June 2021 to May 2022 arrested over 296 drug offenders comprising 286 males and 11 females suspects with various seizures of drugs as enumerated.
“Cannabis Sativa, 2702.167kg, Tramadol, 146.806kg, Diazapam, 36.11kg, Exol 5, 29.676kg, Pentazocine, 124.578kg, Rohypnol, 1.473kg, codeine based syrup, 61.440kg cocaine, 0.013kg, methaqualone, 0.227kg, phenobarbitone, 2.290kg, 28 round of live ammunition and one locally made pistol.”
He added that the command has also done its best in terms of drug demand reduction adding that 44 males and one female client have been counselled, treated and rehabilitated while a series of WADA sensitization lectures were carried out just as WADA clubs in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions were set up in the state.
He thanked Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for his unwavering effort at curtailing the menace of drug abuse in the state.