from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – NIGERIA has destroyed illegal drugs weighing more than 6 tonnes seized from unauthorised individuals and organisations.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA burned the drugs in the northern Jigawa State, which is among regions worst affected by the circulation of illicit substances.
Recently, 253 kilogrammes of tramadol tablets were intercepted in the state.
According to reports, no fewer than 3 million bottles of cough syrup with codeine were being consumed within Kano and Jigawa States before the recent ban of cough syrup containing codeine.
The public destruction of the seized drugs in Dutse, the Jigawa Sate capital, is the first since the creation of NDLEA Jigawa State Command in 2003.
“This event is to ensure that all seized drugs are permanently put out of circulation and stopped from doing any further harm to society,” said Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, Chairman and Chief Executive of NDLEA.
“It is also affords stakeholders to witness that once drugs are seized they are not spare, just as it sends strong signal to drug merchants that NDLEA will continue to ruin their illicit drug investments,” Abdallah added.
Abdullahi Gambassa, Jigawa government representative, said the state was a gateway to several northern states and also and international route hence was prone to drug movements.
“But we are more determined than ever,” he said.
– CAJ News