The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) Adamawa State command has secured 57 convictions from Jan – December 2020.
Reeling out the activities of the command in the prevailing year during a press conference, Adamawa State commander of the Agency, Idris Mohammed Bello said those convicted include 56 males and one female.
“The command had 57 convictions 56 males and one female with various jail sentences ranging from 8 months to 5 years. The age range of the convicts were between 18-50 years. Meanwhile, 58 cases are still pending in the federal high court,” he said.
He said during the year, a total of 200 suspects have been arrested and a seizure weighing 2,083.369kg was made.
“A total of 200 suspects 193 males and 7 females were arrested and seizure of illicit drugs weighing 2,083.369kg cannabis sativa 1,839.338kg and psychotropic substances 244.030kg was made,” he said.
Bello noted that in drug demand reduction, thirty clients 25 males and 5 females were admitted last last year and 17 of them were discharged and three relapsed cases were reported.
He said the age range of the clients ranges between 16 – 49 years, adding that the agency also carried out drug prevention education in the form of lectures, media talk shows and drug free club programmes throughout the state.
“NDLEA half hour, a new programme on NTA, that discusses issues relating to drug abuse and the society, recorded and aired 17 episodes,” he said.
Bello expressed sadness over the high number of arrests so far made by the agency in the state in the first 10 days of January 2021, adding that 42 suspects all males were arrested with illicit drugs weighing 11.431kg and 41 litres of formalin solution.
He thanked the chairman/CEO of the agency Col Muhammad Mustapha Abdullahi (rtd) for his motivational support.
Bello also thanked governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for the uninterrupted and unalloyed support to the command to rid Adamawa State of drug menace and the renovation of the state headquarters office complex.
He also lauded the synergy and cooperation his agency gets from sister security agencies including operation Farauta, special vigilante group, NGOs, the media and the good people of the state.