The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has in the last four years arrested 34,499 persons in connection with drug related offences across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, between 2012 and 2015.
In the report obtained by the Economic Confidential in Abuja, Kano State in the North West geo-political zone is number one among the states in the federation with highest cases of drug-related offences within the period under review, just as the zone is also number one among the six geo-political zones in the country with 8,939 cases.
Katsina State comes second with 2,173 cases of arrests by the NDLEA, while Plateau and Ekiti States are third and fourth respectively with 1,342 and 1,088.
Findings by Economic Confidential reveal that in 2012 alone, 8,052 cases were recorded by the agency, 8,843 in 2013, 8,826 in 2014 and 8,778 in 2015.
In the geo-political zones after North West, South West is second position with 6,999 cases, North Central came third with 5,574 cases, while the fourth position was grabbed by South-South geopolitical zone with 5,545 cases. The South-East and North-East geopolitical zones, however, had lesser cases and arrests with 4,230 and 3,212 respectively.
It is surprising that North East geopolitical zone with years of terrorist attacks and insurgence is the least with cases of drug-related offences meaning that terrorism may not likely be connected with drugs but mindset and coercion.