Seven girls, four boys and a hotel manager were arrested on suspicion of drug abuse and illicit trafficking by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Monday, in Kaduna.
The information was made available to the newsmen by the Kaduna State Commander of the agency, Mohammed Jibrin. According to him, 11 kids were nabbed in a hotel room taking psychotropic substances, eight of them were students in junior classes. Their parents had already been invited to the command for interrogation and counselling.
“Hard drug abuse is a universal phenomenon that cuts across all levels and strata of the society; It is no respecter of age, sex, religion, ethnicity or nationality. However, a greater percentage of those that fall prey to this nefarious scourge is the youth. The fact that the youths represent the future workforce and leaders in any society makes it absolutely necessary to find lasting solution to the drug phenomenon,” Mr Jibrin said.
Between January and May 2014:
- The command arrested 210 drug suspects, including five women, with drugs weighing over 1074.02kg. Eighty of them had been convicted and were sent to prison.
- The command discovered and sealed an illegal lab in Zaria, producing fake drugs from ordinary powder, expired chemicals and substances that are detrimental to human health.
- The command was also involved in the rehabilitation of drug addicts. The agency, offers counselling and rehabilitation services to drug addicts. The Drug Demand Reduction Unit has admitted 64 of such addicts since January 2014.
“A total of 37 addicts have been counselled, rehabilitated and reintegrated back into the society. There are currently 20 addicts in our facility undergoing this process in Zaria,” Mr Jibrin said.
During the meeting dedicated to the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking the theme of which is “A Message of Hope: Drug Use Disorders Are Preventable and Treatable” the Commander stressed out the necessity for communities, parents and other stakeholder to support the fight against drug abuse and trafficking in the state.
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