De­spite los­ing bil­lions, Nige­ri­ans still take to hard drugs

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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

Abubakar Yakubu

Of­fi­cials of NDLEA show hard drug sam­ples to mem­bers of the pub­lic in Abuja on Tues­day Cont’d. from pre­vi­ous page Pho­tos:

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