NDLEA Destroys 15.7 Tonnes of Drugs

NDLEA Destroys 15.7 Tonnes of Drugs

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) recently destroyed a massive amount of illegal drugs in Kano State. This action was taken to prevent these harmful substances from getting back into society.

The Seized Drugs

The drugs that were destroyed were seized by the state command and the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) Special Area Command. They were confiscated between October 2020 and October 2023.

The total weight of the drugs destroyed was 15.7 tonnes. This included 9,824.098 kg of cannabis sativa (also known as marijuana) and 1.8665 kg of cocaine. Other substances destroyed were 4,694.298 kg of psychotropic substances, 9 grams of methamphetamine, 10 kg of barbiturate, and 663 kg of expired drugs.

Drugs Seized from the Airport

Out of the total drugs seized, 528.511 kg were confiscated from the Aminu Kano International Airport. These substances included 169 kg of psychotropic substances, 6 kg of cannabis sativa, 4.3 kg of cocaine, 5.211 kg of methamphetamine, and 344 kg of khat.

These drugs have caused a lot of harm and devastation to many young people in our society.

Appreciation and Commitment

The NDLEA commander, Mr. Abubakar Idris-Ahmad, expressed his appreciation to the Kano State Government, judges, other security agencies, and non-governmental organizations for their unwavering commitment to fighting against drug abuse.

He also praised the Emirate Councils for their effective intervention in insisting on drug tests before appointments.

Expansion of the Fight Against Drugs

The NDLEA has approved the establishment of Divisional Narcotic Offices in every local government area in Nigeria. This will help enhance the war against drug trade and abuse.

The commander warned those involved in the drug trade that there is no hiding place for them in Kano State. The NDLEA will continue to work tirelessly until every corner of the state is free from drugs and every young person can live a life free from the influence of illicit substances.

Government’s Response

Governor Abba Kabir-Yusuf commended the NDLEA and other security agencies for their efforts in fighting against drug abuse. He acknowledged that a majority of illegal drug users in the state are teenagers and assured that the government is committed to containing the situation and making the state a better place.

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