By Bukar Bolori
Eighty-five (85) persons have been arrested for drug related offences by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Borno State.
The NDLEA also got two persons convicted for drug offences, the Borno State’s Commandant NDLEA, Mr. Joseph Icha told journalists at the weekend in Maiduguri.
Icha, who said those arrested fall between 20 and 47 years, noted that 84 were men and that only one was a woman.
Recounting the achievements of the agency, Icha said that in July, a total of 20.706kgs of assorted illicit substances were seized and withdrawn from circulation.
He said the substances seized include cannabis sativa (3.283kgs), cocaine (2.8gms), heroin (1.4gms) and psychotropic substances (17.419kgs).
He noted that: “Other drugs and prescription drugs of abuse that are in mils are as follows: codeine syrups 1200mils, pentazocine Injection 40mils, tramadol Injection 20mils and oxytocine 170mils, bringing a total of 1430mils.”
He disclosed that: “Forty-two 42) drug users were counselled within the month under review and were successfully treated and handed over to their families, while three other persons, referred to as clients are admitted to undergo residential counselling in the command.”
He said: “The agency enjoyed tremendous synergy with other sister security agencies operating in the state as well as the State government.”