The Imo State command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) claims to have apprehended 101 suspected drug traffickers in 2021.
Mr. Nse Jack, the NDLEA Commander, made the announcement at a press conference in Owerri, the capital of Imo State.
He said the command had apprehended approximately a hundred and ten drug suspects and seized about 700 kg of Cannabis Sativa (Igbo), Cocaine, Heroin, Tramadol, Metaphitamin (aka Mkpurummiri), Rophinol, Exol, and Vadum, among other substances.
He expressed sorrow that many young people in the state were involved in various stages of drug misuse, noting that the state’s large number of hotels functioned as a nexus for drug users.
He advised hoteliers to take steps to prevent their properties from being used for illegal drug operations, saying that failing to do so would make them liable.
According to the commandant, Imo State has the highest frequency of drug misuse among states in the South East the last time the UN did research on drug usage in Nigeria in 2018.
“They are sent to court, and after the court is done with them, most times the court sends them to jail, and at this point we appeal to the court for permission to destroy the narcotics publicly by burning, since we don’t let them to return to society,” the commandant stated.
“The mission of the agency is divided into two main functions: the drug supply reduction site, which deals with arrests, seizures, prosecution, and confiscation, and the drug demand reduction site, which deals with public awareness/sensitization, drug education, and seminars, among other things.”
“The agency in Imo State is organizing a lot of enlightenment campaigns to discourage people from drug consumption during the ember month,” he continued, as drug misuse has become a very severe problem in Nigeria, according to him, and if nothing serious is done about it, the country might be ruined.
“The law against drug abuse do not exempt anybody, as anyone cought engaging in illicit drug business will be prosecuted, no matter how highly placed.”