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NDLEA arrests 107 drug traffickers in Imo

By News Desk

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has diclosed that no fewer than 107 drug traffickers were arrested across Imo State between January and September 2021 in line with its commitment to rid the state of illicit drugs.

Aside from the arrested traffickers, the anti-narcotic agency said that it also seized 794.5kg of hard drugs, rehabilitated four drug addicts and counselled 73 users during the period under review.

The state’s NDLEA Commander, Nse Inam, said that six drug addicts are currently undergoing rehabilitation, while the 73 drug users who were counselled had been reunited with their families.

He added that the command secured the conviction of 14 persons in the 27 local government areas of the state, while 106 cases were pending at the courts.

According to him, the NDLEA also conducted drug abuse and prevention sensitisation in the state in line with our Drug Demand Reduction programme

“The sensitisation was conducted at Imo State University, Owerri; ABC Transport Company Ltd, Owerri; Priscillia Memorial Secondary School, Oguta Local Government Area and at the Nigerian Navy College, Owerrinta.

“It was also conducted at St. Silas Anglican Church, Owerri; Four Brothers School, Mbieri in Mbaitoli Local Government Area; Amuzi Progressive Town Union, Mbaise and at FedEx Courier Ltd., Owerri.

“We have been carrying out weekly public enlightenment through radio programmes and sensitisation at various other public places. We’re fighting drug abuse and we’ll keep fighting it,’’ he said

Inam thanked the state’s Governor, Hope Uzodimma, for supporting the agency and called on the Imo State government to build and equip drug rehabilitation centres with functional facilities.

He also urged traditional rulers and religious leaders in the state to enlighten their subjects and followers on the ills of drug abuse.

Inam noted, however, that operational activities of the command had been hampered by lack of vehicles and the spate of insecurity in the state.

He called on residents to avail the command of useful information regarding the whereabouts of drug dealers and users while pledging continued service delivery in line with its constitutional mandate.

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