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FCT: NDLEA arrests 793 suspects, seizes 13,125kgs of illicit drugs in 2022

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Tuesday, says it seized 13,125 kilogrammes of drug substances while arrested 793 suspects in 2022.

Mr Kabir Tsakuwa, the NDLEA Commander in the FCT, stated this in Abuja at a pre-event press briefing on grassroots sensitisation and awareness campaign on the dangers of illicit drugs, saying the year 2022 was a fruitful year for the command, adding that records of arrests, seizures and convictions were impressive.

He said that the agency’s counselling and rehabilitation programmes also yielded positive results in the territory.

“13, 125 kilogrammes of different drug substances were seized. The breakdown of the seized drugs are 12,660.3 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa.

“Others includes 21.957 kilogrammes of cocaine, 0.008 kilogrammes of Heroine and 443.693 kilogrammes of different psychotropic substances, “he said.

The NDLEA boss said that the command also had 167 convictions comprised of 161 males and six females, adding that 78 persons comprising of 74 males and four females with drug use problems were successfully counselled and rehabilitated within the same period.

He said that efforts were on towards better achievements in drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction in the year 2023.

However, Tsakuwa commended all stakeholders including other security agencies for their assistance in intelligence sharing, joint operations and prevention of drug abuse and trafficking in society, while commending the traditional rulers in FCT saying that their past efforts were helpful and the agency remained appreciative.

“We must always remind ourselves that the drugs problem exists in every community and we need to address it at all levels.

“We therefore, implore you to sustain this robust engagement with a view of ridding our society of substance abuse and its attendant consequences, “he said.


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