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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA Plateau state Command has said the command in collaboration with other security agencies arrested 386 suspects of illicit drug abuse in the state in 2016.
According to the state NDLEA commandant Dr Ngozi Madubuike said those arrested includes 369 males and 17 females with a total of 3,217.472 kg of drugs seized from them.
She added that the illicit comprising cannabis sativa, Psychotropic substances including cough syrup with codeine and cocaine.
The state commandant of NDLEA stated this yesterday in her welcome address at a one day workshop organized by the Plateau command of NDLEA on the dangers of drug abuse and trafficking in Plateau.
Also in the period under review according to her 96 male suspects were convicted at the federal high court Jos , while the command rehabilitate and re integrated 42 male drug dependent persons within the age range of 19 and 64 years.
In her words, ” there is no do doubt that Plateau youths are involved in drug abuse and trafficking as evidence has shown that adolescents and young adults between the ages of 10 and 35 years constitute the high risk group for drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking in our society.”
He further stressed, “Despite these efforts, we should not for one moment underestimate the scale of the continuing drug problem , not only the personal tragedies which drug abuse causes but also the fact that drug has become a fundamental part of some Nations economy.
She added that this workshop is designed to deal with a couple of issues which include the raising the consciousness of the general populace to the devastating consequences of drug abuse and strengthen the importance of the family and community as powerful tools against drug abuse.
Also speaking at the occasion Plateau state governor Barrister Simon Lalong,who was represented by his commissioner for women affairs Mrs Rufiana Gurmyen the governor said, ” the growing rate of societal vices which exhibits in it self illicit drug consumption , indecent exposures , alcoholism, gangster ism, and general loss of moral values have called for the social concern for government and the need to support initiatives that help in addressing the challenges faced “
“The sponsorship of this workshop is therefore aimed at raising the consciousness of the general populace in the state and country at large to the devastation of drug abuse and trafficking to any society”
Lalong also commended NDLEA in keeping to her mandate and for tirelessly working to see that the country is rid of the menace of illicit consumption of psychotropic substances and the attendant social consequences.