The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), FCT Command, says it seized 3,546.632 kilograms of hard drugs between January and July.
The NDLEA, FCT Commander, Mr Lawan Hamisu said that the drugs seized comprised Cannabis sativa, Cocaine, Tramadol, Exol, Rophynol and Diazepam in a coordinated operation across the Territory.
He said that the operatives of the command within the period also arrested 205 suspects comprising of 180 males and 25 females.
He noted that the agency had been working as much as possible to operate within the safety protocol as directed by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). “This is actually what accounts for the number to be this slightly low but it is still a worrisome development,’’ he said.
Hamisu said that the operatives of the command seized 3,295.193 kg of cannabis sativa adding that the quantity alone was over three tonnes. “0.061kg of cocaine, 0.842kg of Rophynol, 4.975kg of Diazepam, 2.46kg of Exol and 242.267kg of Tramadol were seized making the total of 3,546.632kg.
“One thing I would like to draw our attention to, including our sister agencies, like NAFDAC for instance, is the increasing abuse of licit substances that ordinarily supposed to be medicinal, but are now being abused. Cough syrup for instance is becoming increasingly abused not only in FCT but in other parts of the country. “This is a very serious issue for NDLEA as we are very much concerned.’’ he said.
Hamisu said that seventy-five people were convicted between January and July, adding that June had the highest conviction rate of thirty-seven. According to him, NDLEA referred about eighty out of those arrested for counselling, while ten persons voluntarily submitted themselves to the agency.
“These ten people really wanted an intervention and we are glad to say that some were with us for three months and six months respectively. At the moment, we are on the follow up and after-care monitoring and services. I will say that is how far we have gone with the rehabilitation process in the FCT,’’ he said.
Hamisu said that the number of females arrested within the seven months was a bit small but it was disturbing, adding that the frightening thing lately was the demographics of drug abuse and trafficking.
The NDLEA commander said that the agency would continue to carry out its duties in line with global best practices to ensure that the territory was free of drug related issues. He advised parents to pay closer attention to their children to see what they were doing at home.