Thousands arrested in Nigeria crackdown on drugs

from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – NIGERIAN authorities have this year arrested 4 736 suspects on allegations of drug trafficking.

A total of 4 395 male and 341 female suspects were arrested following countrywide operations by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

A total of 80,73 metric tonnes of the illicit substances were seized.

Cannabis sativa, also known as weed, accounted for most seizures with over 59 tonnes of the total confiscations.

There were also high seizures of the stimulant, methamphetamine, and cough syrup with codeine, said to be the most abused over-the-counter drug in the West African country.

NDLEA has also stepped up its measures in countering the proliferation of illegal laboratories and production of methamphetamine.

Three laboratories have been destroyed.

“This is a remarkable effort considering the secrecy in which methamphetamine activities are shrouded,” Jonah Achema, NDLEA spokesperson, said.

Overall, the campaign against drug trafficking had been sustained, Achema said.

“The agency will continue to maintain its foothold at the entry and exit points as well as in all the nooks and crannies of the country.”

Last month, the agency destroyed illegal drugs, weighing more than 6 tonnes, seized from unauthorised individuals and organisations.

NDLEA burned the drugs in the northern Jigawa State, which is among regions worst affected by the circulation of illicit substances.
– CAJ News

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