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NDLEA records 34,499 drugs-related arrests in 4 years - Report

NDLEA records 34,499 drugs-related arrests in 4 years - Report

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.

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