Despite losing billions, Nigerians still take to hard drugs
Hamza Umar, noted that the public destruction of the exhibit is stipulated in the act establishing the NDLEA (Cap N40 LFN as amended).
He said, “Therefore, this exercise is the destruction of 54,244.639Kg of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances which is a fragment of the total seizure made in the two commands, as approved by the Federal High Court of Justice Kano.”
Giving the breakdown of the burnt exhibits, Umar listed cannabis sativa 11,504.822kg; psychotropic substances 42,700.27kg, cocaine 26.187kg and heroine 13.360kg.
He also thanked Governor Ganduje for donating operational vehicles and for constructing a rehabilitation centre for the agency.
In her analysis of the composition of the hard drugs during the laboratory test, the Head of NDLEA forensic lab, Mrs C. Ogundipe, said the substances were seized from several outlets in Kano State from vendors and users alike.
She gave the different tactics of trafficking to include concealment in printers, military camouflage, lights, sirens and television sets among others.
She said, “Traffickers also use vehicle brain boxes to conceal cocaine to evade arrest. A particular trafficker was arrested with cow fats in paint drums to traffic cannabis.”
The Kano operation follows similar exercise, which saw 20 tons being destroyed in the FCT on 18 July and Ibadan on 26 October.
It is expected that the public destruction of seized hard drugs would drastically stem the tide of drug abuse and its attendant consequences.
recalled that the agency arrested 8, 257 suspected drug traffickers and seized 263,947.57kg of illicit drugs across the country in 2016.
The chairman of the agency, Abdallah, who said arrested suspects in 2016 comprised 7,720 males and 537 females, added that this comparatively meant a reduction of 521 persons arrested in 2015 which total was 8, 778, and also a reduction by 639, 677kg of the drug seized in 2016 compared to the total of 903, 624 seized in 2015.
“This reduction was due to updated strategies adopted by the agency in preventing cannabis cultivation as cannabis seizure alone in 2015 was 871, 480kg,” he said.
He gave the 2016 breakdown
Giving the breakdown of the burnt exhibits, Umar listed cannabis sativa 11,504.822kg; psychotropic substances 42,700.27kg, cocaine 26.187kg and heroine 13.360kg
as 305.166kg of cocaine, 66.283kg of heroin, 187, 394.00kg of cannabis sativa, 1,352.56kg of methamphetamine, 718.265kg of ephedrine and 74, 111.30kg of other sundry drugs.
According to him, the number of cases so far delivered in favour of the agency increased by 559 from 1,690 in 2015 to 2,249 in 2016, while more cannabis plantations totaling 718.78 hectares were destroyed, compared to 377.12 hectares destroyed in 2015.
Hard drug samples displayed by officials of the NDLEA
Officials of NDLEA show hard drug samples to members of the public in Abuja on Tuesday Cont’d. from previous page Photos: