From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has destroyed four large cannabis farms in Kano, just as they arrested 286 suspects who peddle and abuse illcit drugs.
Among the suspects were 25 females.
Speaking to journalists as part of activities to mark this year’s United Nations International Drug Free Day, NDLEA Commander in charge of Kano Command, Isah Likita Mohammed said, out of the total suspects held, 155 persons have been arraigned in court with 78 convictions, while 77 cases are pending, the agency said.
He added that four Cannabis Sativa farms were destroyed even as about 8,983.461 kg of illicit drugs were seized.
According to him, the illicit drugs, which were seized in 11 months, comprised of 7,701.906 kg of Cannabis Sativa, 1,281.333 kg of psychotropic substances, 0.157 kg of Cocaine and 0.065 kg of heroin.
The Commander said the fight against drug abuse requires the participation of every member of the society, if the war against the scourge must succeed.
He advised lawmakers in the country against legalising the use of illicit drugs because of economic value (revenues), considering the negative impacts on the society.
Mohammed appealed to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to complete the rehabilitation centre at the NDLEA headquarters to improve its operation at optimum capacity in drug demand reduction, particularly in the area of rehabilitation of drug dependent persons.
He revealed that the agency is also challenged by the fact that one out of three cases submitted at the high court in Kano state comes from NDLEA. Of which it has been difficult to beat the time limit for prosecution of cases so as not to be sued for violation of human rights.
“There is a limit to which we can make arrest and limited days which we can hold suspects. Presently, we have over 70 inmates which is above the capacity to which the cell can hold,” he added.