By Noah Ocheni, Lokoja
The Commander of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Kogi State, Alhaji Idris Bello on Wednesday said the Command seized a total of 173.83kg of illicit drugs and arrested 56 suspects in connection with seizures between January and June this year.
Alhaji Idris Bello, disclosed this at the NYSC camp, Kabba while addressing corps members as part of activities to commemorate the 2019 United Nations Day against Drug Abuse and illicit trafficking.
The Commander stressed that, the command had successfully prosecuted 12 suspects in the law court, counseled 13 suspects while one has been rehabilitated, treated and reintegrated back to his family
He pointed out that others were released for want of evidence to ascertain their culpability.
According to him, the seizure totaling 173.83 kilogrammes of illicit psychotropic drugs includes Diazepam, Rophynol tablets, Codeine, Tramadol, and other illicit substances.
Alhaji Bello further stressed that Kogi state command of the agency had in April this year conducted a public destruction of 18 tons of drug exhibit seized between 2014 and 2018 worth millions of naira.
He said “drugs create an atmosphere of insecurity. The Government needs a peaceful environment to discharge its responsibilities to the people as the people need a secured environment to contribute their quota to the development of the State”.
The theme, according to Bello highlights that justice and health are two sides of the same coin when it comes to addressing drug problems.
He said that effective response to drug problems required the inclusive and accountable institution of criminal Justice, Health, and social vices to work hand-in-hand to provide integrated solution in line with the International Drug Control Convention, Human Obligations and Sustainable Development Goal.
This he said “means supporting prevention and treatment services regarding drug in persons, communities and providing gender and age sensitive responses without stigma or discrimination”.
In his response, the State Coordinator of National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) Olayiwola Lasaki said the scheme would continue to collaborate with the command towards achieving a drug-free society.