The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Command in Katsina State says their operatives succeeded in the arrest of no fewer than 182 suspected drug dealers in the first quarter of 2019 (from January 2019 to date).
This was disclosed by the State NDLEA Commandant, Hajiya Maryam Gambo on Tuesday during the commissioning of the agency’s newly built rehabilitation center in Katsina.
According to her, 113 of the suspects arrested were males, while 49 were females and the remaining 20 suspects were students.
She said NDLEA secured conviction for 46 suspects during the period, while 131 drug users were counselled 131.
Also, according to her, NDLEA seized 66.11 kilograms of cannabis sativa, 15,696.5 grams of psychotropics substances and 38 bottles of cough syrupy with codeine.
She urged the State Government to engage rehabilitated drug users in skills acquisition programmes to further make them self reliant and curtail drug abuse.
In his remarks, the deputy governor, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu, who represented Gov. Aminu Masari, said the state government spent N41 million on the construction of the center.
Mannir therefore appealed to parents, school authorities, religious and community leaders to partner with the NDLEA to rid the society of the menace.
Also speaking, the wife of the state governor, Hajiya Hadiza Masari, urged all stakeholders to continue to join hands with NDLEA in the fight against the menace of drug abuse.
“This ugly phenomenon should be the concern of all and sundry because the victims and traffickers of drug abuse live in our midst as neighbours, children, friends, students, school mates and spouses.
“Women as mothers should be more vigil by closely monitoring our children, as early detection will make easy rehabilitation,” she said.