Monday, 27 June 2016

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Arrests 178 Drug Suspects In Benue

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Benue State Command, said it had arrested 178 persons suspected to have been involved in drug-related offences in the last one year.

The state Commander of the agency, Mrs. Florence Ezeonye, said this in Makurdi while briefing journalists on Sunday in commemoration of this year’s United Nations’ International Day Against Drug Abuse which is celebrated on June 26 of every year.

Ezeonye said that the arrested persons included 164 males and 14 females, with 68 of them convicted, while drugs weighing 6,085.9074kg of cannabis sativa, 350.392kg psychotropic substance and 1.4g of cocaine were seized and 250 cartons of ammunition intercepted at the Makurdi-Aliade highway during search operations.

She said that the agency also destroyed one cannabis farm, counsel 81 persons, rehabilitated 26 persons while seven were undergoing rehabilitation.

The commander, who disclosed that the agency had charged five suspects to court, maintained that the effects arising from drug abuse had caused increased  mental imbalance, cultism, cattle rustling, armed militia, incest, militancy, terrorism, low productive capacity in work force, family disintegration and crimes in the area.

Ezeonye commended Governor Samuel Ortom for his support and assistance towards the eradication of the drug menace in the state and thanked him for providing the agency with new  vehicles and the repair of others operational vehicles to alleviate  the acute logistic problem of the state command.

The NDLEA boss appealed to the governor to inaugurate a state Drug Control Committee that would be responsible for all drug programmes and intervention in the state.

 She, however, expressed worries over the increasing cases of abuse of illicit  gin known as ogogoro as well as Cannabis in Benue State, especially among youths .

“One of the reasons that forces the young ones into drug is the lack of care by the parents. I therefore encourage all stakeholders to watch closely the lifestyle of their children as they grow. Parents should monitor their activities and be able to communicate effectively with them so that they can feel free to  empty their minds when burdened.

“Most parents do not give attention to their children; they hardly bother to understand their worries, desires, aspirations and ambitions.

“If we listen to the youths, as the theme of this year’s celebration suggests ,’LISTEN FIRST’ and understand their problems and worries as they grow, we will be better able to identify their problems early enough before they get out of hand,” she advised.

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