Towards celebration of United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Lagos State Command intercepted 14,196,800kg of hard drugs and 583 suspects in the process in 2019.
The agency made this known in a press statement, noting the announcement was made towards commemorating the global event holding today, June 26, 2020.
The Commander, NDLEA, Lagos State Command, Barr. Ralph Igwenagu in the statement, disclosed that the 583 suspects were arrested in connection with the substances within the same period under review.
He explained that the narcotics seized during the period are; Cannabis Sativa, Tramadol, Rohypnol, Cough Syrup with Codeine amongst others.
Igwenagu noted that the Lagos Command actually secured the conviction of 144 defendants, who were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment, while 160 drug users were counseled and rehabilitated.
He maintained that the agency is not leaving any stone unturned towards confronting the problem through effective commitment to its mandate.
Additionally, Igwenagu hinted that the efforts by the Command is yielding fruitful results in all fronts despite the menace of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Commander noted that the Command is ever ready to curtail to the barest minimum the menace of drug abuse and illicit trafficking in Lagos State through effective drug law enforcement, prosecution of drug law offenders as well public enlightenment and sensitisation, advocacy and rehabilitation of addicts.
Igwenagu further noted that the 2020 Drugs Day is quite apt and timely because it clearly underscores the current response to the current world drug challenge that needs better and informed knowledge of drug use disorders.
The disorders, he added are the result of a complex inter play of factors, which is beyond the control of an individual.
The theme; “Better Knowledge for Better Care” Igwenagu explained is geared towards improving the understanding of the world drug problem and fostering greater international co-operation for countering its impact on health, governance and security.
He, however, buttressed the occasion is an opportunity in which countries of the world are required to assess their performances in drug control and are expected to re-invigorate their efforts at curtailing the drug menace.
“The problem of drug trafficking and abuse has reached an epidemic level all over the world. It has become an embarrassing scourge afflicting both individuals and the society at large.
“It has destabilised families, truncated the promising future of the youths and has remained a negative force driving anti-social behavior and the increasing deterioration of societal values and norms.
“The escalating wave of crime and criminality such as banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, militancy, terrorism and other forms of societal decay, which are challenges confronting us today are rooted in the pervasive consumption of drugs,” Igwenagu said.
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