- Rehabilitates 157 people in Kano
Kano State Commander, National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Isah Likita Muhammad, revealed that the agency seized more than seven tons of illicit drugs in 2021.
He said the agency also rehabilitated 157 people from addiction and the use of various intoxicants and drugs in the state during the same year.
The commander revealed this during a one-day seminar on the effects of drug abuse on security and its negative impact on national, social and economic development, organized by Trusted Northern Youth Awareness, in collaboration with the office of the vice-president of the Senate, held in Kano.
According to the NDLEA boss, the Joint Drug Addiction Task Force on Friday arrested 40 people in connection with drug addiction allegations in Plaza following an intelligence report from a Good Samaritan.
He stressed that Nigeria has regained its lost glory in the international space with the arrival of the new NDLEA leadership which has adopted a holistic approach in the fight against the scourge.
He commended the Kano State government and the Emirate State Council for establishing a policy of drug testing for people seeking nomination, political office or office. any traditional title in the state.
For his part, guest speaker Detective Auwal Bala Durmin Iya said tackling drug addiction requires concerted efforts from policy makers, community leaders and all other key players in society.
The security analyst stressed that taking drugs without a prescription from medical staff amounted to drug abuse and urged the public to refrain from the unhealthy act.
Durmin Iya said that in order for the nation to be fully protected against various crimes of kidnapping, banditry and clashes between farmers and herders, leaders must establish special marshals who would provide security in the forests of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the NDLEA arrested a 76-year-old man, Osagie Robert, in Edo state, where a suspected bogus security guard, Godwin Ilevbare, aka Edwin Agbon, was also arrested on charges of importing chocolates and medicated cookies from Canada to Nigeria.
The septuagenarian, commonly referred to as the Old Soldier, was arrested Jan. 7 in Egor, in the Oredo region of the state, for trafficking Indian hemp, while Godwin was caught delivering a consignment dispatched in Nigeria by a courier company.
Agency spokesman Femi Babafemi said on Sunday in Abuja that shortly after the suspect signed for the shipment, undercover agents inside the courier company arrested him at his apartment in Benin City on Tuesday January 4.
“The shipment, which originated from Canada, contains Colorado brand cannabis concealed in chocolates and cookies weighing 6.491 kg, while the cookies and chocolates weighed 5.566 kg and 0.383 kg, respectively,” Babafemi said.
In a related development, 48-year-old Iloduba Augustine, a passenger on an Ethiopian Airlines flight arriving at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was arrested on new year’s eve and placed under observation during which he confessed to having swallowed 58 cocaine pellets, 48 of which he excreted, which were delivered to a Kenyan in transit in Addis Ababa for an amount of 1 million naira.
He said he continued his trip to Nigeria with the 10 remaining lozenges in his stomach, which he said he intended to sell in Lagos. The cocaine husks were then excreted at 10:40 a.m. on New Years Day.
By Zahraddeen Yakubu Shuaibu (Kano) & Abbas Jimoh (Abuja)