The Kano state Command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said that it has intercepted a Toyota Sequdia Jeep loaded with 223kg compressed Cannabis Sativa in Kano state.
This was disclosed by the state’s Commander of NDLEA, Dr. Ibrahim Abdul at a press briefing in commemoration of International Day Against Drug And Illicit Trafficking, 2020, held at his office on Thursday.
The Commander said the vehicle was intercepted during a coordinated operation conducted along Kano-Zaria road where the car was intercepted with 300 blockade of compressed Cannabis Sativa, weighing 223kg and tucked inside its engine and tank.
He said the driver of the car, identified as Osaye has already been arrested and would be prosecuted after investigation.
“Worthy of note also is a syndicate of Baron dealing in cocaine was unbundled by our team where two suspects were apprehended, a male and female with cocaine weighing 100 grams,” he disclosed.
He however stated that the command had seized over 2.8 tons of illegal drugs within the COVID-19 lockdown period in the state.
He explained that apart from the 1.6 tons seized by the command, it also received transfers of 1.2 tons of illegal drugs seized by its sister agencies such as Police, Custom and Vigilante Group within the lockdown period.
Giving update about the command’s activities, ranging from operations, seizure, arrest, prosecution and Drug Demand Reduction from June 2019 to date, the Commander said 565 suspects, out of which 549 are male while 16 a real female had been arrested.
He added that the command had succeeded in seizing 7,873.937kg of illegal drugs that includes Cannabis Sativa, Psychotropic, Cocaine, Heroine, among others.
Abdul also stated that the command had secured 85 conviction while 76 cases are pending before the court.
While commanding the Command’s sister agencies for the synergy, which to led to many arrests and seizures during the lockdown period and beyond, Abdul noted that the fight against drug abuse and trafficking requires “collective efforts by all and sundry.”
He however decried that the command faces a lot of logistics and financial challenges that need to be surmounted, which according to him include lack of manpower, shortage of logistics, lack of enough facilities to accommodate the teaming addict that requires counselling and rehabilitation, among others.
He noted that “addressing the logistic and financial problems will go a long way in the fight against drug abuse and trafficking,”