The Kano Command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has on Thursday destroyed a total of 28,167.629 kilogram of drugs.
Speaking during the Public Destruction of Seized Drug/Exhibit of Kano and Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, MAKIA, held at the command on Thursday, the state’s Commander, Ibrahim Abdul said the event covered the seizures of hard drugs confiscated from November 27 to August 2020.
Giving the breakdown of the destroyed drugs, Mr Abdul said there were 11,979,831kg of cannabis, 16,001.249kg of psychotropic substances, 7.157kg of cocaine had been set ablaze at the occasion.
Other hard drugs burnt during at the event were 2.192kg of heroin, 120.6kg of ephedrine and 56.6kg of methamphetamine.
He explained that the command had made the total of 1758 arrests from the period under review, adding that 1651 were male suspects while 107 were female.
He further stated that the command had prosecuted 307 suspects, while 25,708.816kg of hard substances are pending.
While citing lack of enough manpower as one of the challenges faced by the command, the Commander also commended the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje for supporting the command in various ways.
He also stated that the command had won its war against drug abuse in the state in view of the sharp decline of the seizure and arrest.
In his address, the Chairman, Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Col Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (Rtd) expressed dismay that the NDLEA is conducting yet another exercise for the destruction of illicit drugs within a space of three years in the Kano Command.
He explained that even as there is still 25 tons of illicit drugs in the custody of the agency awaiting forfeiture by the court before they could be destroyed, 28,168 tons were destroyed during the exercise.
“Today’s event is, however, saddening for the fact that the Agency is conducting this crucial exercise for a second time within the space of three years in a particular Command.
“Only in November 2017, the Agency destroyed 54.244 metric tons of the illicit substances in Kano state.
“Today we are here to destroy another 28, 167. 629 tons of drugs.
“As we speak we still have about 25 tons in our custody awaiting forfeiture by the Court before public destruction” the Chairman state,” he said
In his remarks, governor Ganduje has described drug abuse as the major factor aiding Boko Haram, banditry, thuggery, domestic violence and street fights in the country.
He therefore called on all stakeholders to put hands on deck in a bid to curb the menace in the state.
“Drug abuse is the major crime aiding Boko Haram, banditry, thuggery and street fights in our communities. They abuse drugs to engage in all these and many other crimes.
“There is need for all hands to be put on deck to deal with the situation and force it out of our communities” the governor stated.
Ganduje further explained that the state government is taking steps towards discouraging drug abuse by relocating all pharmacies within the metropolis to the Economic City Market, located at Dangwauro, Kumbotso Local Government area.
According to the governor, all relevant agencies would be deployed to the new pharmaceutical market to ensure that no unlawful drugs are sold in the state.
“All wholesalers and pharmaceutical dealers will very soon be relocated to the Kano Economic City Market at Dangwauro.
“More so, plans are underway to provide enough security in the new market and police, NDLEA, NAFDAC, NSCDC and all other relevant agencies to the market to ensure that all drugs sold in Kano are lawful” Ganduje declared.
The governor also said that a bill against drug abuse shall soon be sent to the state assembly.