The National Drugs Law and Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, said it arrested 221 suspects in possession of 1,253.147kg of illicit drugs, including cannabis sativa and psychotropic substances.
The Bauchi State Commander of the Agency, Mr. Para Julius Bawa, disclosed this while briefing journalists in his office yesterday.
The arrest was part of the achievement recorded by the command in 2013.
The commander said that out of the 221 suspects, 124 were arraigned in court, with 46 convicted, 79 counselled, while 18 are in the agency’s custody awaiting arraignment.
Other items recovered from the suspects, according to the NDLEA boss, are six vehicles, 15 motorcycles, which were being used for the distribution of the drugs.
Bawa noted that the command, in its commitment to the rehabilitation of drug suspects, had 75 clients who brought their children for counseling, rehabilitation and re-integration into the society.
He said: “The command will continue to prevent supply of drugs through increased surveillance, raids, seminars, symposia and workshop for target groups.”
Bawa, however, identified lack of patrol vehicles, inadequate funding and lack of useful information from members of the public on the activities of drug addicts as parts of the challenges confronting the agency.
The NDLEA boss urged the court to judiciously handle drug cases with speed.
Category: Bauchi State News