By Mohammed Suleiman, Dutse
The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, ( NDLEA) Jigawa state Command said it seized 999.335kg of Narcotic drugs and psychotropic substance worth several millions of naira in the last one year.
The Commandant, Muazu Aliyu Danmusa who disclosed this at a press conference in Dutse said Command in it’s efforts to save the youths and jigawa state from the evil acts of drug dealers, engaged in routine operations from june last year to June this year which resulted in the arrest and seizure of narcotic drugs.
The Commandant noted that the personnel were doing great in ridding the state of the menace of drug dealers and therefore urged officers and men of the command to maintain the tempo.
During the period under review, he emphasized, a total number of 422 suspects comprising 409 Male and thirteen Females were arrested, while 94 people were convicted, and 186 were counselled.
Similarly, fifteen people were rehabilitated, while four were presently undergoing rehabilitation in the Command’s Youth Rehabilitation Centre, he added..
According to Danmusa, the Command has also embarked on War Against Drug Abuse ( WADA), Sensitization campaign at motor packs, secondary schools and tertiary institutions across the state as part of the preventive measure against Drug abuse and trafficking.
“As you are aware, the United Nations through its Agency, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ( UNODC) has set aside a week program from June 19-26 to reflect and commemorate the war against Drug abuse and illicit trafficking.
The aim of this year’s campaign tagged “Combat stigma and discrimination by promoting language and attitudes that are respectful and non judgement”, is to among others, empower young people and communities to prevent drug and addiction, raise awareness about the negative impact of stigma and discrimination on people who use drug and their families, as well raise awareness on HIV AIDS and Hepatitis epidemic among people who use drugs .