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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has disclosed that the agency has made seizures of 3.4 million kilograms of illicit drugs in one year.
The anti-narcotic agency also made it known that no fewer than 12,306 offenders have been arrested while 1,400 offenders convicted and jailed last year.
The Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi said this in a radio interview monitored by PLATFORM TIMES.
Babafemi said this while discussing the efforts the agency has made in tackling import and use of illicit drugs in the country.
He said, “To answer your question, this kind of question, you look at where you are coming, what was the situation, what is the situation now and the prospect ahead of you. If we have to put all of these in a mix you’ll see that we have indeed substantial progress which gives us high hope that we are winning the battle and we are moving towards the end of it by the grace of God.
“Giving our statistics of arrest and convictions, and even those we counsel and rehabilitate; all of these give us a picture that yes, we are moving in the right direction.
“Beyond that, if you look at the level of awareness in the country today, as a result of the activities of the agency and its collaborating partners and stakeholders, you’d then appreciate that indeed Nigeria is wrestling the situation and doing the right thing.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that the NDLEA spokesperson also disclosed that about 8,000 drug abusers have been counselled and rehabilitated.
“Let me quickly run through some statistics. Last year alone, in the 3rd month of last year, the agency was able to make 12,306 arrest; about 1,400 offenders convicted and jailed. And within this same period, about 8,000 drug users were counselled and rehabilitated, majority of them through quick intervention.
“In addition to that, we had about 3.4 million worth of kilograms of illicit drugs pulled out from across the country. That gives you a picture that indeed we have indeed done tremendously well on the reduction of illicit drugs in the country.
“Just imagine what that could have done in our communities and country?”
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