The Borno State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA, arrested 462 suspects and convicted 11 in the year 2019, while 64 cases are pending before the Federal High court in Maiduguri.
A statement by the State Commander , Joseph Icha by the State Command indicates that the suspects comprised 439 men and 23 women, mostly aged between 16years and 45 years.
The statement said, “In the year under review, a total of 481.097kg of assorted illicit substances were seized and withdrawn from circulation. The substances are made up of Cannabis Sativa 327.204 kg, Cocaine 448.7 grammes, Heroin 250.72 grammes and psychotropic substances 100.637kgs.”
It added that in 2019, the command arrested and charged to court some notorious drug barons in the state adding that there is ongoing effort to track down all drug dealers and distributors in the state.
The statement also announced that the command has deployed intelligence led approaches in handling and control of illicit supply of hard drugs, while it is deploying evidence based preventive strategies in drug demand reduction efforts.
“The command has conducted drug abuse preventive education to schools and tertiary institutions in the state and has conducted sensitization campaigns to several IDP (internally displaced persons) camps in the state within the year under review.
Two hundred and sixty-two (262) drug users were counselled within the year under review while 14 persons were admitted into resident counselling. They were successfully treated and handed over to their family.
The command commended the Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum for his support in the fight against drug abuse in the state.
It also commended the support the Command of all other sister security agencies operating in the state.