Kwara has the highest rate of drug abuse in Northern Nigeria – NDLEA

By Balkis Tijani.

The Kwara State command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has lamented the alarming rate of drug abuse in the state, which according to the Agency, rates the highest in the northern parts of the country.

The State Commander of the NDLEA, Mr Dandi Emmanuel disclosed this in Ilorin yesterday while commemorating this year International Day Against Drug Abuse, which was jointly organized by the state command in collaboration with Kwara State Drug Control Committee.

Emmanuel revealed that the NDLEA has confiscated a total of 4,290.471 kilograms of drugs in Kwara State in the last one year, adding that 4,214.45 kilogrammes and 76.825 kilogrammes of cannabis and psychotropic drugs were seized in the year under review.

He further revealed that a total of 91 suspects, comprised of 77 male and 14 females were arrested between July 2018 and June 2019 by the command.

The Chairperson of Kwara State Drug Control Committee, KWSDCC, Mrs. Barakat Olanrewaju, who was represented by Grace Aliyu, also condemned the menace of drug abuse, stating that the repercussion affects everyone in the society.

She said, “it is expedient for all to collaborate with NDLEA to overcome the scourge ravaging the entire fabric of the nations of the world, especially Nigeria.

“The committee’s work is continuous in nature and in conjunction with NDLEA has taken anti-drug sensitization programmes to schools, worship centres, communities and market places in the state. The committee also built the capacity of new members in drug control strategies.”

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